time alone

i’m writing this post 5 days before it’s going live; but as this goes live, i will have just started (last night) a 3-night, 4-day silent retreat. i’ve had a rhythm, over the past three years, of doing these quarterly, and have found them so critical to my mental, emotional, and spiritual health. but, i’m overdue, by a couple months, to keep my “quarterly” time frame. so i am SO ready for this.

i saw this awesome video a couple weeks ago. it’s a beautiful and insightful collection of drawings (really, cartoons) representing the 40 days jesus spent in the wilderness. (illustrations by a British illustrator named Simon Smith, and put to an Explosions In The Sky song.) when i first saw this video, it made me think of my upcoming silent retreat; so i saved it to post on this day. i’m no jesus, and i hope i don’t get confronted by the devil in the same way; but i recognized some of the emotions and moods as stuff i experience on these retreats.

(ht to mark riddle for the video)

7 thoughts on “time alone”

  1. Cool Video – thought provoking

    Pic 39 was cool – made me think of James 4:7 “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Great picture depicting the reality of that which we see in this gospel account.

    Two others:
    Would Jesus flap like a bird or throw rocks (don’t remember the pic number on those)…why not…fully God, fully man. I might do those things. Jesus’ humanity might too.

    Pic 10 – especially after sleeping in pic 9 – looks like a Starbucks run is needed. I know that face from taking others on retreat (and away from Starbucks)!

  2. This is so awesome, I am doing a series on the number 40 in the Bible and the 40 days of Lent as well. Next week is Jesus 40 days in the desert….thanks.

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