Be still and know I am God.
Summer in the Midwest is when the world comes alive. Everyone comes out of hibernation and suddenly the calendar is full to the brim with backyard BBQs, road trips, outdoor concerts, and trips to the lake. We fill our schedules to the brim in order to squeeze out every single last drop of Summer. It’s a season of yes and abundance!
So, when a little tumble left me with a broken leg & prescription for 8 weeks of R&R I knew it would be a different kind of summer. I put aside my expectations and embraced an unexpected season of healing & rest.
The first few weeks were a flurry of appointments, visits from loved ones and catching up on my Netflix queue. Then 3 weeks in I began to get restless and discouraged. I was tired of sitting, asking for rides and couldn’t imagine reading another book (shock of all shocks as I’m an avid and known bookworm!). I wanted to get out and go to the farmer’s market, kayak on the river, or even just go to the drive in movie theater! I still had 4 weeks ahead of me and yet I was ready for life to return to “normal” as soon as possible.
And so that day I decided to begin a new habit. Atleast once a day I would head out to my back porch, kick back in my lounge chair and just look at the clouds. No podcast playing or book to read or friend to chat with. Just me, a deck chair and the Lord.
Savoring the stillness was hard at first. I would think of something else I could be doing or distracting thoughts would come into my head. But slowly, the rush and hurried pace melted away and I began to lose track of time just noticing, dreaming and praying.
My deck dates, as I’ve been calling them, have become soul-anchoring moments in my day. I’ve learned that it’s in the rest and slowing I’ve been able to savor gifts I usually overlook as I’m hurrying from place to place.
Something happens when we choose to quiet the noise and let go of distractions. I think that is why God calls us to rest. When we choose rest priorities are shifted, concerns melt away, and we are given fresh eyes to see the beauty around us.