That’s me telling myself to be quiet. To be still. To rest.
I don’t know about you, but it’s just plain difficult for me to be still these days. And the ironic thing is, the more hectic things get and the more frazzled I become, the less I make it a priority to just sit and be still. Is that just me?
I crave quiet. And then I turn on the radio.
I lament the fact that I don’t have enough time to read books. And then I hop on Facebook. And read blogs. And check the weather. And sometimes I even play Candy Crush. (Please don’t tell anyone I admitted that.)
My body says, “Go to bed!” And then I sit on the couch after the kids are in bed and watch re-runs on TV until 11:00pm.
I will confess, I’m an avoider. When I get overwhelmed with tasks and to-do lists I avoid them all-together. Like the plague. As if they are just going to magically go away or some little fairy somewhere is going to show up and take care of it all for me. And we all know that never happens.
Last year I talked a lot about how I craved quiet and how all our camping trips helped my soul to breathe. Being out in nature is truly balm for my soul. Experiencing new places and seeing new displays of God’s creation is a delight for me.
We haven’t been out much since our last trip in November. Twice we’ve planned weekend camping trips and twice we’ve had to cancel last minute because of issues with our pop-up trailer. So disappointing!
But this weekend, finally, we are getting away (and praying desperately that the trailer is finally working properly). We are heading west to Arizona for a few days for Spring Training! Yes, I fully realize that is not a typical outdoorsy activity, but along the way we will be spending plenty of time in nature. We’ll be camping and hiking and breathing in the marvelous fresh air. There will be plenty of time for quiet and soul-rest, for reflection and taking in the beauty around us.
I love God’s creation and I am so thankful that He chose to make a world that we can enjoy.