One of the blessings Joel and I have experienced while living with illness is the gift of porch sitting. We love to have our morning devotions and breakfast on our covered porch, and sometimes we take our mandatory naps there too. We live in a quiet neighborhood and sitting on our porch in the silence brings us in touch with nature ~ with what we see, smell, and hear. It is so relaxing and peaceful!
In our world of over planning, rushing, and doing more and more, people often do not take time to be still. At one time Joel and I were a part of that, while Joel served as a pastor, I often worked outside the home or as a volunteer, and we raised 7 children. I am not sure we took much time to rest and enjoy our surroundings. Then illness came calling. God's command to "Be still and know that I am God" has taken on special meaning for us now, as we rest in the hope of restoring our bodies. The time of resting has also renewed our spirits. Porch sitting has become our favorite thing to do!
So, just why does a person wait for illness before taking God's advice? Dont' you wonder? Throughout scriptures God speaks of how important it is to take time to renew our bodies, minds and spirits. Maybe we are afraid of what we will find when we are still with our own thoughts...or maybe we live so unconsciously on the treadmill called life that we are not even aware of time passing. Possibly we have the false believe that things just won't get done if we don't keep going. We think about taking the time....but it "just gets away from us." We are constantly busy and it seems always connected to some form of technology.
I wonder if God would hear from us more often if we were able to reach Him by email or a text! Oh dear! Oh, how God longs to hear from us. How he longs for us to take the time to be still before Him. He desires us to rest and restore our bodies and minds. Psalm 23 says:
"He makes me lie down in green meadows
He leads me beside still waters
He restores mys soul"
Taking time to rest, renew, and restore ourselves is a good thing. May each of you find your own time for porch sitting!!! I think God says it best!
"Come unto me ye who are heavy laden and I will give you rest."
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