One of the things God has been teaching me lately is how an Intentional Warrior fights.
Meaning, what do you do in order to fight well?
The answer has been a little surprising. God is showing me that a good warrior knows when to take refuge. We see this in the life of David, as he led his men to war. We see it even moreso in the way David dealt with being pursued and attacked.
David and his men took refuge in caves and solitary places. And in those places of refuge, David waited until it was time to engage. He met with God — we know this from reading the Psalms — and he found strength in the love and validation he received from God.
i need to model David in this regard. i have a lot to learn about taking refuge, especially taking refuge in God’s love and acceptance.
So for the next several days, i will be taking refuge. It’s off to the mountains of Colorado for me.
This is right and it is timely.
A few months ago a couple good brothers in Christ who know me well and understand what Intentional Warriors is all about asked a couple penetrating questions — in love — about what i was doing to care for my heart in the midst of all i was doing. They also pointed out that i need things. Although they didn’t use the word “refuge,” it’s exactly what they were talking about.
So as i take refuge, i am actually doing two things at once. i am getting rest and peace, but i am also learning to fight.
Only in God’s Kingdom would it be this way. And this is the way it is.
The truth is, all of us need a rescue from time to time. Our hearts desperately need to breathe. If we forget to make it a priority, our hearts force us to remember.