“God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.” Psalm 23:1-3
For most of my working days, I served as an administrative assistant. My motto was, “Let me help you make your work lighter.” My bosses appreciated my abilities to organize and my willingness to go the extra mile to assist them in their work.
When I left the work force, I realized I had become so accustomed to being “production oriented” that it was difficult to just “be.” I retired three times before I figured out that it is okay to not be assisting someone else and it is also okay to just be me.
God designed our bodies and minds to require rest to stay healthy. A healthy body makes for a healthier mind and soul. My friend Frank is teaching me the art of rest. When together, we brew up a cup of herbal tea, put our feet up, and rest. It took a while for me to give myself permission to take these breaks. I finally decided to love myself. I am worth it. After all, according to Psalm 23, God wants us to catch our breath so that we can move on in the right direction in life.
God, you are good. You direct us to rest and then move on. Amen.