“I can’t be away from it for more than a year” is how I described my recent birthday vacation. My friend and I both laughed because she knows that my being by the water fills up my cup.
Today I turn 54 years of age. WOW! Did I say that correct? It hardly seems possible because most days I feel (and act) like I’m still 24. My favorite way to celebrate this annual milestone is by putting aside life’s troubles and descending onto the beaches of Mexico. The waves call me back year after year and I act like a kid. I never grow old of the sound and feeling of the ocean crashing, the sand between my toes and the sun on my skin: I feel more alive. My entire being thirsts for the salt water and once a year I am temporarily quenched.
How do you like to celebrate your birthday? Can you trust yourself to create the fun?
Part of my yoga journey has been figuring out what my mind, body and soul are asking for and attempting to fill the space. In any given Frogpose yoga class students have an opportunity to challenge themselves in strength building poses, but equally have time to hold resting poses that bring up thoughts, emotions. It’s a time for recognizing personal needs. It’s called being mindful. In the safety of the yoga mat and community space, God is faithful to meet us in the struggle. If we are open, He can reveal to us the desires of our hearts and move us in the direction He’s leading. In the span of 60 minutes, we breath, stretch and pray for help in the areas where we feel resistance and unmet needs. Christian yoga a process of learning to trust God to heal us. We grow in our faith in health and confidence to know what to do to help ourselves.
Yet, just like an annual trip down South of the Border, each yoga class is non-permanent. We can’t be away from it for too long before we thirst for more.
I praise God that his love for you and me isn’t temporary. There are hundreds of bible verses that us water babies can really relate to; this notion of living water filling the voids of life. God describes his commitment to us as a miraculous flow of water that doesn’t quit producing life. In revelation it says “And he said to me, “It is done! I(God) am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.” A prophet from the Old Testament named Jeremiah said “For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” The disciple John said “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” “But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Jesus met a lot of interesting people experiencing dry mouth in his short lifespan. One woman he met drawing water from a well, he could tell her that her difficult life experiences had broken her cistern and left her feeling extremely parched (I can really relate!) “Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
For what do you thirst? Let Jesus fill that void.
My travel amiga/friend said she liked spending this past week together because she felt like a little girl, had the freedom to be silly and laugh a lot. I’ve learned beach vacations do the same for me and I make a point of taking one at least once a year so my soul doesn’t dry up. If you haven’t had an encounter with Jesus yet, can I challenge you to a Christian yoga class to learn more? God is faithful to share a drink with you if you’ll simply ask for it. Join me on Wednesday at noon and get drunk on Jesus. His water sits better on the soul than tequila and it’s life giving properties continue flowing after the vacation ends.
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