Come Away

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Beautiful woman enjoying in the nature and fresh air.Recently, the Lord gave me a gentle reminder: He longed for my attention.

As you know, I love to write. I can spend hours each day tapping on the computer keyboard hoping to inspire or encourage others.

This year I registered for Mount Hermon’s annual Christian Writers Conference. The event offers educational workshops and networking opportunities. The workshops are stellar, and writers enjoy casual interaction with sought-after agents and editors. In fact, my first article, Rekindling Hope, secured publication with In Touch Ministries at Mount Hermon.

Determined to submit articles for consideration, my fingers typed faster and longer to meet submission deadlines. Balancing family, ministry and writing demands required focus. I worked throughout the day and—against my prevailing morning inclination—part of the night. I wanted to make every moment count. Time was short, but I knew with God’s help (and a bit of Starbucks) I’d finish.

One morning I began to pray, “Lord, thank you for blessing me these past weeks.” As pondered His grace, I sensed His whisper: Can you give me the same passion for My Kingdom?

His presence was sweet and the question wasn’t a rebuke, it was an invitation. It was time to enter a season of rest and deeper intimacy. A verse came to mind:

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land (King James Version, Song of Solomon 2:10-12).

I think it’s safe to assume life brings intense spiritual seasons: sudden crisis, deadlines, caregiving or perhaps illness. God’s affections remain constant, and He carries us to the next season. God also brings spiritual rest—a time to walk with Him and talk with Him. Our hearts ignite with passion during those seasons.

If you find yourself dormant in a winter season, He’ll offer quiet comfort. If you’re entering spring, enjoy the spiritual growth. But if hard work has parched your spirit like summer’s heat…come away.

Have a blessed weekend.

Marisa Shadrick



The Holy Bible : King James Version. electronic ed. of the 1769 edition of the 1611 Authorized
Version. Bellingham WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1995.

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