I began to write this over the Labor Day weekend while we were visiting at Cascades Camp in Washington. I was sitting in our lodge room looking at out the large window and the beautiful and calm lake which was surrounded by trees. In the midst of all our activities it has sat in the draft form. However what I said still applies – so here it is edited to be current for October 20th.
As I said in my last blog post, we have been (and will continue to be) in a state of transition. It is part of the human experience. Change happens and we need to learn to adjust and flex with it.
Today I sit at my kitchen table looking out at the backyard where I see azaleas and roses blooming. There is not a person in sight and it speaks peace to my soul. In the midst of constant transition, our bodies and souls need to be restored and rejuvenated. Sometimes you get a lake, sometimes some quiet music and other times it might just be 10 minutes alone in the early morning. Rejuvenation might come from time spent with friends who share common interests and experiences. It can come come from a walk spent alone with God as I experienced earlier this week.
We have had many opportunities for this as we have traveled to camps and retreats during the past two months. In this season of our lives, I am thankful for these opportunities amidst the busy routines and pressures of our lives.
Please continue to pray for the family of our colleague, Norbert, whose death I told you about in my last blog. Restoration is going to take time for his family as they deal with his sudden death. It is also taking time for all those whose lives his intersected with.
Where do you find restoration and rejuvenation?