Until I moved to the middle peninsula of Virginia I never understood what the big deal was about beaches and boats. Let's face it -- Sunbathing lost its appeal for me about six swimsuit sizes ago! I never have been a fan of sand. Yet I have learned to love sitting on the beach watching the waves crash on the shore while the gulls and pelicans dive and scavenge for their food. The sounds and smells of the wind and waves relax me when life has totally stressed me out.
My brother-in-law owns a sailboat and recently took us out on a sunset cruise. Although it was short and we ran with the motor rather than wind in our sails, just gliding across the water was a thrill. To see eagles and ospreys in their natural habitat rather than the confines of a zoo aviary was a real treat!
The transition to life here and the noise in our little house have been overwhelming at times. When we moved into this home we lost a considerable amount of square footage which served as a buffer to the noise. A lover of peace and quiet, I have learned that when noise and stress begin to wear on me it is probably wise for me to take a quick drive to the river or sit and sip a cup of coffee on the deck to calm and recalibrate myself. The natural surroundings near our home are a sanctuary where I can freely converse with God and pour out my concerns, while seeing glimpses of his glory and listening for his still, small voice in the sounds around me.
I have come to cherish "aqua therapy" in whatever form it takes -- a drive across the bay, stroll along the beach at Gloucester Point, or a solitary canoe trip on the lake. For me it's better than a therapist's couch any day!
There are issues we cannot solve on our own. And while running away from stress won't make it go away or solve our problems, finding a quiet place to decompress and reconnect with the God who created us and understands what we are going through is not only therapeutic but absolutely necessary for our healing. Next time life makes you a little crazy set an appointment on God's couch and find your happy place in Him!
he refreshes my soul.
Psalm 23:1-2, NIV
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