Times of Refreshing

Continually loaded with the cares of life…

Water

We all need experiences and times that recharge our batteries. Some say it’s found at an annual vacation or retreat, while others find it every day with slices of time meant to keep the creative juices flowing. Way too many people never find this process and simply bury themselves with work and struggles that lead to an unhappy life, or early grave.

It’s almost like finding that refreshing pool of water in a dry and stressed out land! We need this water, and we look for it, every single day.

How do you refresh yourself?

This is an important thought! How do you bring yourself back from the brink of being overwhelmed by life? We all need coping tools! Sometimes simple actions help us to recover ourselves, and sometimes it’s simply getting away, as in a long trip away from everyone we know!

I have found that whatever works for one does not necessarily work for another. Let me list a few things that I know works for me…

  • For myself, it’s a daily activity that revolves around quiet time. No distractions. Doing just what I want to do, whether it’s reading or listening or shutting down the brain that never seems to know how to slow down.
  • For myself, it’s enjoying time with my bride, regardless of the activity, and she knows how to unload her stresses with a good book!
  • For myself, it’s also knowing what to do when times of stress hop on my shoulders and I feel like I’m carrying the weight of the world. Think it through, make a plan, pitch the stress into a mental corner, and come back to “life” ready for the next challenge.
  • For myself, a long quiet drive down unfamiliar roads does an immense work on my psyche… A great recovery happens in my truck, or even on my tractor.
  • For myself, it’s being in control, yet, learning how to let someone else be in charge at the appropriate time. It’s all about knowing when to “let loose”…

You have to know yourself, and find the tools that will help you cope yourself back into a refreshed state.

I took a moment and looked up “refreshing” in the King James Version of the Holy Bible. It only shows up twice. One as a prophecy for the future, and the second as the commandment for the present (and future).

For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, To whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,” And, “This is the refreshing”; Yet they would not hear. (Isaiah 28:11-12 NKJV)

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. (Acts 3:19-21 NKJV)

To the church we understand that refreshing comes from God, but it happens when we do something on our part. Our sins keep us from the true refreshing. Think about it. That which is at odds with our creator keeps us from truly enjoying the refreshing that we need.

On a practical level, refreshing comes when we yield to the activity that brings us sweet relief, and when we do it regularly and appropriately then we are living on a more level surface, regardless of the mountain or valley in front of us.

On a spiritual level, it’s that moment when we find release as we pray, read, worship, and devote ourselves to God – and this requires a discipline to keep ourselves on track. It’s often within the discipline that we find true refreshing.

It’s my view that you cannot do one … without the other. You may proclaim you are not a spiritual person, but I do not believe anyone is devoid of a spiritual thought. This world is bigger than we even understand it, and it is constantly showing us just how small we are. A spiritual person often looks for understanding from something bigger than they are themselves. You may not recognize this in yourselves, but that’s yearning for something spiritual.

Calvin and Hobbes - I am significant

So. Find yourself an activity that releases the stress and brings refreshing. Practically. And Spiritually.

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