This is one more place where we'd be wise to follow the example of Jesus. Jesus gave a huge amount of his time and energy in service to people who were stuck and struggling. But Jesus found a balance in his life and ministry. Jesus was intentional about taking time to go to isolated places to pray and to rest.
A break from the action. That is something that we all need; not just when its convenient or when we have some spare time; but as an essential component of living a healthy, balanced, and productive life.
I know that I needed to go to a quiet place to rest for a while today. Well, actually it was more like finding a quiet place to hike and sweat; but it served the same purpose.
I went for a walk/jog/hike through the woods up and down the Mt. Tom Trail. Here is a photographic narration of my own time spent off in a quiet place to experience rest, retreat, and rejuvenation:
(trailhead at Darling Run Access Area)
(Someone's helium balloon ended up in the woods!)
(False summit #1)
(It's the steep route for me!)
(False summit #2-getting steeper)
(False summit #3)
(False summit #4)
(False summit #5- getting even steeper and I'm feeling it!)
(false summit #6)
(The final ascent!)
(Mt. Tom vista looking west)
(I'm not sure if you can tell but I'm sweating profusely in this photo!)