In real life though, things don’t always work out that way. Life can be a little tougher than a high school math problem. Getting away for a little while, focusing on something else, taking a nap, etc., won’t always reveal the solution when we come back.
On the other hand, consider this quotation from Leonardo Da Vinci: “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”
When the pressures of ministry get to be a little much, sometimes I’ve found it helpful to get away for a little bit – not that the problem was gone, or that I was smarter, but that somehow I had regained a little perspective on the situation. Perhaps I was calmer, perhaps I spent more time in prayer while I was gone, perhaps my mind and spirit were rested. If you haven’t tried a personal retreat lately, you might give it a try. Even an hour at a local park, on your back porch or in a quiet room might help to revitalize your spirit. And in case you haven’t heard, it’s even okay to take a day off once in a while.
--Rocky Henriques, www.uticabc.com