Take Time to Restore, Reflect, Rejuvenate
I’ve said I love to travel, but that’s not totally true.
Travel is exhausting! Rising at 2:30 a.m. to catch a 6:00 a.m. flight isn’t fun.
Going through airport security with two metal hips is a hassle. When the TSA employee—who I realize is only doing her job—invades my personal-space bubble, I fight annoyance.
Scrunching into a cramped airplane seat is uncomfortable.
Adjusting my body clock to a different time zone is disturbing.
The act of traveling could be akin to the spiritual wrestling we’ve been exploring. It’s not pleasant but is necessary to reach a desired destination.
I’ve been ‘wrestling’ with some changes and potential decisions the past few months. The process hasn’t been excruciating but has interrupted my peace of mind.
A while back my soul let me know I needed time and space away from the mundane to renew, reflect and rejuvenate. I was ready to say, “Bring it on!” to the inconvenience of travel when we left on our recent autumn vacation to the eastern United States.
Again, because several readers asked to see a few of Ron’s photos, today I’d like to share some special restorative moments from our time away.
Cranes silhouetted in the sunrise! Oh, the joy of basking in the beauty of creation!
… be ye glad and rejoice forever in that which I create… (Isaiah 65:18 KJV)
Our grandson, Jackson, plays hockey. One of my favorite parts of a hockey game is the Zamboni cleaning and polishing the ice. When I saw this cute little Zamboni-like machine tidying up the sand at the crack of dawn on Virginia Beach, I paused to reflect on the great gift of grandkids.
Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged… (Proverbs 17:6 NLT)
This beautiful butterfly – symbolic of radical transformation.
Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect. (Romans 12:2 GNT)
The stunning simplicity of a single flower.
The Apostle Paul said, “For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves…in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God… (2 Corinthians 1:12 NKJV)
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8 NLT)
These serene scenes seem like ideal places for reflection.
“We are starved for intimacy, to see and feel and know God in the very cells of our being. We are starved for rest, to know God beyond what we can do for him. We are starved for quiet, to hear the sound of sheer silence that is the presence of God himself.”
~ Ruth Haley Barton, Invitation to Solitude and Silence – Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the tallest in North America, has been a beacon of protection for many ships. Reminds me of the psalmist’s prayer:
Reveal your light and your faithfulness!
They will lead me,
they will escort me back to your holy hill,
and to the place where you live. (Psalm 43:3 NET)
May your soul find time for restoration, reflection and rejuvenation…