Have you ever felt that you needed a change? There are many things you can do to cause a chain reaction of changes in your life.
You could redecorate your house, change the furniture in your bedroom, or move your desk to the opposite wall in your office. You could put pictures on the wall, flowers on the table, or a new rug on the floor.
The change doesn’t have to be anything monumental. It could be something as simple as a change of scenery. Jesus did it all the time. He knew when to seek a new spiritual landscape to get a different perspective. If this method was good enough for Jesus, it should be good enough for us as well.
So what did Jesus do? Time and time again, Jesus removed Himself from the scene of action. For brief periods of time He stopped teaching, preaching, and healing. He ceased from arguing with the Pharisees who often tried to trip Him up. He left those behind who wanted something from Him. He left people behind temporarily so that He could be more effective to them when He returned.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35)
Jesus knew that is was not spiritual self-care to do what He did day in and day out without a break. Jesus knew the value of retreating to a solitary place to be alone with His Father. As busy as we have become, we would be wise to withdraw for a while from the demands of our hectic lives so that we can be good to ourselves as well as to those we serve.
A New Spiritual Landscape
A new spiritual landscape might be all we need in order to get a better handle on the problems that plague us. A new spiritual landscape will give us that burst of energy we need to move forward.