“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5.15-16 NIV).
Every time my lead trainer taught me a new skill, he would have me learn it by doing five 5-minute rounds of training sessions with a minute break in between. If I was grappling, I had to do five 5-minute rounds. If I was practicing stand-up (punching, kicking, foot work, etc.), I had to do five 5-minute rounds. If I was doing cardio, I had to do five 5-minute rounds. Each of the five minutes was intense, and by the time I got to my last 5 minute round, I was exhausted. This thirty minute aggressive training session was tucked within a 2 – 3 hour work-out. Even though my body wanted to quit, I had to force it to move by the will of my mind. Once I finished my work-out, my lead trainer had me sit for a 5-minute meditating session. These five minutes were pure bliss to me. While my eyes were closed, he would encourage me with all that I had learned. I would imagine myself perfectly executing every skill. Then, he would remain silent, so I could meditate freely. I would always meditate on God. I would confess His glory and praise Him for all that He has done for me, especially giving me Jesus. I would pray for myself and for my trainers. I would sit and fill my depleted body, mind and soul with His abundance. By the time I opened my eyes, I felt rested, restored and rejuvenated, and it only took five minutes! Our lives are hectic and many times we are in seasons of intense pressing or brokenness; however, if we would only slip away for five minutes, we could find the strength to continue.
God, You know that my day-to-day obligations and my life’s calling often leave me with very little time to seek restoration. I understand that You do give me seasons of rest, but during those busy times when everything seems to be falling a part, I know that I can slip away to a closet, a bathroom or my car and take five minutes to fill myself with Your abundant peace, joy and reassurance. Help me to remember to take a moment several times a day to seek You. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.