When we re-stocked my son's aquarium in February, the sales girl was so excited about one particular breed of ciclid—the "electric blue"—I couldn't say no without hurting her feelings. Neither blue, nor electric, he was a disappointing non-color, sort of a cross between ochre and grey. Recently, we added a flat piece of slate to the tank, forming an aquatic lean-to, into which this fish immediately retreated. Since then, day by day, his color has become quite blue. Electric, in fact. Turns out, he just needed some room to breathe, away from the other fish. E.B. is an introvert.
Widely misunderstood by our louder extroverted comrades, we introverts gain strength and refreshment from time alone. All Christians, intro- and extro-verts alike, need daily time away from friends and family to be with God. But, introverts need to pull away from the masses even more, in order to refuel. Allow us some solitude, and watch us glow.
You've always given me breathing room, a place to get away from it all. ~ Psalm 61:3, The Message