Everyone needs a sanctuary! Whether to get one’s thoughts together on a particular tribulation, needing time for deep thought and meditation, a time to converse with God, or just to enjoy some peace and quiet, drawing away for some solitude is a good and healthy thing.
Now, this is not seclusion from others to dawdle in one’s thoughts and allowing a depressive mood to build and linger. No, no! This is isolating from others with a purpose to clear one’s mind and focus on relieving one’s self of tension.
And, believe it or not, sanctuaries can be located in different areas and may measure out in different sizes. It really is all what you (the person desiring to segregate from others) desire! You may hear of some people who see a vast place like the woods or a jungle as their sanctuary. There are others of us (of a religious persuasion) who go to a sanctuary to congregate with others in worship, while many times maintaining a simple motive of desiring God to commune in us as we believe that we (within ourselves) can have an “inner sanctuary.” This “inner sanctuary” may be a domain of sorts for God to reside in us and illuminate us by changing our minds, hearts, and souls to the things of, shall we say, a higher nature, a purer nature, a godly nature, a nature without a flood of overwhelming thoughts and zaps all sense of beauty and peace. This nature allows us to exist on a higher plane spiritually, possibly to help us have a more abundant life, but definitely to convict us of things that are not beneficial to us, God, or our natural environment and surely to conform us to the very things of God.
Ah, what a nature! What a sanctuary! What makes it so beautiful, and so enticing…is that you typically leave feeling and/or sensing differently than when you first entered.
Now, this is not some sort of quick fix to stress or other mental and physical health issues. Going to one’s own sanctuary does not necessarily take one out of a sad situation and it may not change one’s fate from whatever end is meant to be. But a sanctuary – depending on the kind that it is and how you spend your time there – can remind the sanctuary dweller the hope that he or she can live with or gives them the time needed in deep reflection in how to best meander through life’s sometimes winding roads.
Be encouraged to find your sanctuary and make it a routine part of your life. Hopefully, at some point, you will return time and time again, never to be the same as you were before.