We talked about Elijah being given a gift under a broom tree and as a result the world received something even greater. God met Elijah’s needs at a critical time in practical and miraculous ways. That let to an “AHA” moment that brought clarity and challenge which has benefited every generation since.
What is an “AHA” Moment?
Under the broom tree Elijah realized he was not alone. His extremely complex and challenging circumstances made him feel isolated and he didn’t know what to do. The broom tree experience let to a mountaintop experience that reminded him he had hope and a future. AHA!
Many pastors have the same realization at a Broom Tree retreat, but each person has a unique experience. Unique moments of insight and discovery are a highlight and goal of the retreat.
They discover and learn. Discovery by doing is the most effective way an adult learns. It is also the best way for an adult to use and retain that which was learned.
We could teach for hours on the importance of solitude and soul care but when a pastor and spouse experience this by doing it, now they understand, retain and can apply this to their lives. AHA!
Also for the married couple, having both experience this process together fosters better understanding between husband and wife. Very important.
We have had reports from pastors that their congregations noticed a difference when they returned. This is exactly what we hope and pray for – it is ‘Clarity”. That is our subject for next month.