Do you have a special place to which you can retreat when you need to think or ponder or meditate or commune with the Lord?
When the Savior lived on this earth, he often retreated to “a desert place”to rest, be alone, speak with His Father, or teach His disciples. Our Master, Jesus Christ, always sets the supreme example for us.
I love the admonition He gives His apostles on one occasion:
“And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desertplace, and rest a while:” —Mark 6:31
I have always loved this story from Elder L. Tom Perry from a General Conference talk entitled “Let Him Do it with Simplicity” (2008):
This story is so tender and poignant to me. Can you imagine moments of bitterness turning to sweet peace in the hollow of this one special pond?
Where is your pond? Do you have one? Not a literal pond perhaps. But ponds of peace come in all shapes and sizes. Your pond could be a favorite backyard tree, a nearby hilltop, a quiet corner in a city park or even your starry window.
If so, picture it in your mind for a moment and describe it to yourself. What do the surroundings look like? More importantly, what does it feel like when you pause within this special sanctuary? Would you consider sharing about your pond below in the comments?
If you do not yet have a peaceful pond, consider where you might retreat to turn inward, be still, and reflect. Pray for inspiration, and the Lord will reveal to your heart a special space just for you.
I have moved so many times over the past decade that I’m not sure I have ever established a permanent pond. But today I will begin the search. Because I need a lovely, quiet place to envision, muse, dream, and contemplate–I need my very own pond of peace…