Last weekend I had the joy of putting up with three other guys camping in the Ozarks. While I dearly love them all to varying degrees, another day spent in close quarters would leave me wanting to strangle one of them. But, aside from that, I was reminded how much I love the mountains, towering pines, aroma of the woodlands, and the ups and downs of hiking through rugged terrain.
I felt at home. I felt recharged.
Even though I worked pretty hard all of the three days, having driven the car a total of eight hours when all was said and done, racking up 18,000 steps on a single day (going to the ever gorgeous Hawksbill Crag), and was the unofficially designated cook for the weekend, I walked away reset, with a new perspective on my life and how I want to live.
I had a reset.
The rest of you out there, yes, you need a reset too.
There are a variety of things you can do to get a reset. Maybe you’re like me and you enjoy camping (I am definitely biased, see here), or you enjoy reading, or writing, or driving, or sightseeing – whatever you truly enjoy doing, when given a couple of days solely to that will grant you that freshness.
There are also a variety of reasons that one needs a reset, and that is perhaps the most important aspect.
The daily struggles we face necessitate a break in the chaos. Notice how “vacation” is conveniently absent from this narrative. When I think of vacation, I think of a family that goes to a particular touristy destination, spends a ton of money, and ends up on bad terms with one another by the time of the drive home. To me, that does not sound all too appealing or relaxing.
To interrupt your trajectory in this life, you need occasional changes of pace and scenery to give your brain a reset.
Maybe something with which you are struggling has you down, an addiction to technology, sexual temptation, lying, gossip, or to a person has you drifting in an unfavorable direction. A reset can help jumpstart a plan to detox from these hindrances. I know when I go to the wilderness, I am able to better put these things in perspective.
Maybe that’s why the leaders in Scripture went to the wilderness for their own reset.
The prominent ones that come to mind are Jesus, Moses, John the Baptist, and David. When times were tough, and sometimes those situations left them in dire straits with the law and others, like David and Moses, God led them to the wilderness to be refreshed and find God in a different place. From personal experience, sometimes, all it takes to gain that new perspective is that simple change in scenery. God met those individuals there where HE led them, in the middle of nowhere, which was consequently where they needed to be.
For God to speak with us, maybe we must change up things to get that freshness and reset. Finding things we enjoy to recuperate our minds from the monotony of daily life and our struggles will hit that reset button. Follow the example of so many before and go to your “wilderness,” and maybe that is camping, hiking like me, to find a sense of relief and comfort in that about which you are passionate and that which gives you rest and retreat.
You will begin to feel the benefits.
Find your reset, because you need one.