“Break time!” The GMP trainer called out as she looked around at glazed eyes. I shot out the glass door into the sun. The hotel courtyard with the pond, water fountains, bridges, ducks, and turtles were all calling to me.
I walked around the lake taking pictures of the two mallard ducks and turtles floating in the pond or sunning themselves on rocks. As I enjoyed the sun’s warmth, the blue sky decorated with fluffy white clouds and the slight breeze caressing my face, I was reminded of the trails, ponds, and beach area near my work waiting for me to enjoy.
I smiled, acknowledging the encouragement.
Holy Spirit and I have been talking about my journey to wholeness: body, mind, and spirit. What would help me to achieve my goal? Lately, the talk has been on taking more time for myself and to rest.
It is hard for me to take time for myself or quiet my mind. But that is exactly what He wants me to do.
Genesis 2:2 tells us that God rested on the seventh day. God rested from the work He had been doing…creating.
Mark 6:31-32 tells us that Jesus took His disciples to a quiet place to rest. Jesus and His disciples rested from being around people coming and going. They went to a desolate place by themselves.
These two verses teach us the importance of rest, freedom of activity. How do you think they rested? Maybe God took a walk with the animals in His newly created garden. Maybe Jesus and the disciple took a refreshing swim when they arrived at their destination.
Rest can be achieved by engaging in activity that provides refreshment for the body, mind, or spirit.
What does taking time for myself/resting look like for me?
- Instead of working through my breaks, walking down the tree-lined street to the pond, stretching my arms and legs.
- During lunch time, grabbing my walking shoes and hiking up the trail to get a view of the ocean or hopping in the car and driving to the flower fields or the beach to walk.
- Instead of staying up late watching TV, going to bed and dreaming.
- Instead of sitting inside with background noise, going outside, listening to music while writing, painting, or reading
These activities refresh my body, mind, and spirit. They help me to achieve my goal of wholeness by
- Strengthening my body muscles, my core, arms, and legs
- Reaching my goal weight which helps with my balance, self-image, and overall health
- Clearing thoughts from my mind
- Activating the creative part of my brain
- Refreshing my spirit
- Setting myself up for visions
My journey to wholeness, body, mind, and spirit, is a promise from God. I am confident that I will reach my goal because He provided me with a vision of myself whole, strong, and fit.
Are you on a journey to wholeness? Where are you on your journey? We can be each other’s accountability partner as we journey to reach our goals.
Journeying with Jesus,