Today was one of those days where I went from one schedule to the next with hardly any time to breathe. At the end, all I wanted to do was … nothing. These days happen occasionally and I prepare for them, but they are exhausting.
Before transitioning into a new ministry position in 2010, I helped organize a week of activities, meals, and worship for a group of visitors from Germany. It was a wonderful week of sharing, but after, I was spent. Taking a few days off to recover, one thing I chose to do was walk a labyrinth.
Anxious in this time of transition, I was seeking direction about what to do next to prepare for my new role. God clearly spoke, “Just rest in me.” Not expecting to hear this, I felt relief that it was okay to rest. Learning to actively rest and listen is a valuable lesson. I draw new strength from times of solitude, whether by choice or necessity. If I let go of my thoughts, I allow the Spirit to replenish my soul, empowering me to live more fully and vibrantly.
There are in our existence spots of time,
Which with distinct pre-eminence retain
A renovating virtue, whence, …our minds
Are nourished and invisibly repaired. ~William Wordsworth