One of the problems of our modern lives is the sheer busyness that affects us all.
There are so many tasks to be done and people to be looked after in our daily lives that the concept of stopping and contemplating the world sometimes seems an impossible one.
Which is why time out and the chance to celebrate days like Father’s Day are vital if we are to be effective in our busy lives.
For some people, taking a break means a long walk around the neighbourhood and local parks, noting with interest the changing leaf colours and the differences in our gardens according to the seasons.
For others, like me, time at the beach is the refreshment our souls need.
I was thinking about this recently when I had the rare opportunity to take my beach chair, book and thermos of coffee and sit on a beach for hours in the winter sun. It might have only been 13 degrees but, being well rugged up, what I noticed was the warmth of that sun on both body and soul.
There is something very uplifting when our natural environment looks its best, and it’s no wonder that God looked at the world he had created and decided that it was good.
Sitting on that beach, seeing families having a wonderful time with buckets and spades and building sandcastles made me smile—no needed for an app here, as everything they need for happiness was provided by the natural world.
Think about it for a moment, and picture yourself on a golden beach, where the rolling waves are the same year after year. They sparkle as they catch the sun, and it’s wonderful to think that they have been the same since time immemorial, and there for previous, present and future generations to enjoy.
We live in a world of change, with families often separated by oceans as our children follow their dreams and our loved elders go from being powerful and independent to needing more help from their families as they get older.
Sometimes we are left feeling that we are standing on quicksand that threatens to engulf us. This is when things like the constancy of waves and beautiful seascapes we have loved since childhood help us to retain our balance.
We also need the reassurance that some things in our lives don’t change. And one of those things is the unchanging nature of God’s love. Like the waves on the beach, God’s love is free for all of us and doesn’t change—it’s always there.
God’s wonderful natural world gives us relief from modern-day stress and worries—money can’t buy this kind of peace and refreshment for soul and body.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John chapter 14, verse 27).
What good advice!