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Revisiting ‘rest and refreshing’ in Psalms 23:1-3
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
This mini-rest begins tonight!
Have you ever been excited to do NOTHING? Doing nothing excites me so much because doing nothing is actually doing something very healthy for the whole person. Tonight, Jim and I begin this mini-rest at the Hampton Inn on Chincoteague Island. (I highly recommend BOTH.) And, yes! This is the famous home of the “Misty of Chincoteague” book series!
This mini-rest seems perfectly timed to coincide with our observation of Psalm 23, one of the most restful passages of the Bible. We’ve been taking our time, discussing rest all week in verses 1-3. As it happens, my hubby and I have become very aware of our need of rest. With grateful hearts at lacking nothing we need, we are choosing to lie down in ‘green pastures’ (the Hampton Inn bed). We are being led beside still waters, (the Chincoteague Bay just outside our door) and our souls already feel refreshing as we follow this right path. God is glorified through it because he’s the one who made it possible financially and who brought this destination to mind. I speak these truths publicly here and his reputation is upheld yet again, through testimony. This is Psalms 23: 1-3 ‘fleshed out’.
3 Ways you can have this mini-rest
Today is Saturday! So it’s a day of action. Today, we add spice to our stew through something physical and I’m going to recommend you do one of three things:
1) Get away.
Go somewhere different, even if it’s only for a few hours of the day. And even if it’s just fishing or shell collecting at a local beach. Do it away from your normal people. If you have children at home, I’m not saying to ditch them, not in the least! But get yourself away from other adult responsibilities and have your kids do likewise with their peers. Then you can rest together, as a family, with no one else’s demands or expectations taking up the space between your family relationships.
2) Plan to get away.
I know, it’s hard to just ‘up and go’, especially when children are involved. For us, it just worked out that we could and so we jumped at the opportunity. Still, even with our eagerness to put distance between ourselves and our ‘normal’ people and routines, actually making it happen almost didn’t happen because of job demands. So, plan ahead and stick to the plan. You can use today to start the plan!
3) Whatever you do, make it different.
Breaking out of ‘normal’ cycle releases creativity and energy we forget we have! So, if the weather’s nice, get out in it! If not, make your own indoor fun…consider a family ‘paint party’, Game Day or Night, individual pizza, waffle or sundae contest, or a family-cooked dinner with a family-friendly movie. This applies to families, young couples, and grandparents alike. I have no children living at home, but find myself busier than ever! Breaking the ‘same ol’ ‘ cycle always helps me come back to the ‘same ol’ ,(but necessary) routine with more zeal.
This mini-rest is good for everyone!
Everyone in every walk of life and at every stage, needs refreshing. It doesn’t have to be a grandiose vacation, mini’s work too. You could discover that several small vacations over the course of a year may be more satisfying to the soul than the once/year vacation that gets everyone stressed with unreasonably high expectations.