Faith, Reflection

Times of Refreshing

For the past two months, I have been in a period of rest, reflection, and refreshment. At first, I felt like I was having a bout of post-partum depression. Not that I just delivered a baby, but because I just finished a 19 year accomplishment of achieving a Bachelors degree from college. I faced a major turning point on December 17, where I had no clear sense of future direction.

So, I waited. Then, I waited some more. Finally, I decided to brush off the pity party I was having with myself, and I stepped back into reality. There was no light at the end of this tunnel, but I had to become my own candle. I had to make the decision to start shining as brightly as possible, with the help of God.

Yesterday, I stumbled across a verse in the bible. In Acts 3:19-20 it reads, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you – even Jesus.”

I wasn’t even concentrating on the repentance part, but the words right in the middle: “… that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…” Oh, how timely this passage has been for me. Of course, as many of you know me, I am quite open about my faith in God. Some of you may shun away, and others may find peace and encouragement. But, you are still my friends, no matter what spiritual path you are traveling. But, my heart opened up yesterday, and I just had to write.

I am realizing that the times when I am still and quiet is when God reaches in and tugs at my heart. He has been waiting patiently for me to finish my course in self-ambition, so that I may rest and refresh in Him. As always, I believe that God has a terrific sense of humor, and He saw fit to make sure I rested right away. A little back injury placed me prostrate for a week, and I all could do was sleep, pray, eat, and sleep some more. Fortunately, this diversion became the starting point for a fresh perspective. My human side initially steered toward self-pity, boredom, and some depression. But, my spiritual side kept me looking heavenward, knowing that God has other plans than I do.

I hope that maybe one person will find encouragement through these few words. I hope that wherever you are in your journey, that you will stop for a moment and spend some time in rest, reflection, and refreshment. Draw close to God, and He will draw close to you. That’s a promise from the Bible, and I hold to that promise.

Blessings and peace to you on this new day.

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