Taking time out is a necessary part of our human flourishing, and this has spiritual significance too. Just as it was common for those in biblical days to go deep into the wilderness, up mountains, around a lakeside or even just find space in a garden, so we too recharge when we get away, regaining once again the energy to face life’s trials.
And whilst we make our summer plans and do our best to live them out, a word worth holding onto is recreation, for this should be at the heart of our goals. When we make the effort to enjoy life, counting our blessings,creating the space to recharge on our own or with others, we become re-created, re-newed, re-freshed. As God the Father has made us in
his image, so we as his children are called to rediscover the richness and joy of life.
Psalm 98 begins ‘O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things’. Why not ask yourself this then – when did youlast marvel at something? When were you last filled with awe at God’s creation? Day by day,
right under our noses, there is so much beauty and grace to observe, yet in life’s busyness it can so easily all go unnoticed.