“Are you tired? Worn out? Burnt out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you will recover your life. I will show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me~watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I wont lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you will learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 Message Bible
Living freely and lightly…..that’s what I’m longing for in this time of change and busyness. Fortunately, I have a great husband, family and friends who show me the “unforced rhythms of grace” which is a great skill resulting from knowledge of God’s unconditional love. I am looking at my children to see how they take the “real rest” and enjoy themselves in every step they take.
“The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 NLT
So this was a great way to begin our Spring Break….fun, sun and witnessing a guy jump off a cliff, sail around for 15 minutes and land right in front of us. It doesn’t get much better than that on a Monday afternoon.
We rushed to meet him like he was a Rock Star and learned a little about what he does and how he does it. He talked about the way he assesses the weather, location, proximity to dangerous objects, etc. But once in the air, he really is just guided by something uncontrolable….the wind.
It wasn’t until that evening that I realized how this great visualization is truly exemplifying life. We can make a decision based on what we see, but once we’re in it, we have to modify based on the changes in the elements. It takes preparation and knowledge, but more than anything, it takes faith!
But when the nice paraglider offered to take my young son up for a tandem ride, I’d have to opt out of that kind of faith for now! I rather just watch his faith in action!
As someone who has lived by a beach (both Atlantic and Pacific) for almost 6 years now, I often don’t get it…..the need to pack various items, be in the heat, apply gross sunscreen, sit in sand, swim in salt water infested with jellyfish and sharks….all in the name of summer (or any season) fun! What?
Don’t get me wrong. I love looking at the beach, smelling the beach (well, sometimes) and walking on a boardwalk, but I don’t enjoy being immersed in either sand or water. But I am married to a swimmer, interested surfer and basically someone who LOVES the beach. So I try to get him his “beach” time as often as I can. My kids inherited his qualities in that aspect too….they get in the water, no matter the temperature, weather or environment. For example….Christmas Day – at the beach and in the water. They are crazy! They tolerate the sand in pants, crowds and heat all for the love of large bodies of water.
So I do what any good wife and mother would do….give them their beach time and complain to anyone who stands still long enough!
But on a recent family day at the beach, I think I may have softened up a bit and possibly changed my mind just a little. I was playing with my daughter with her sand toys (which constantly keep sand in my car at all times) and watching my husband and son play a game of catch. I was messing with my very low-grade camera and captured what I thought to be a nice photo. I’ve looked at this photo more often than others and feel that my sentiments may be changing! In this picture and at this time, I can honestly say “I love the beach”.