Entering Rest

photograph of beach sceneAn afternoon of sun and surf, between business meetings.  A refreshing treat for a married couple from a land-locked state.

Smelling the fragrance of lilacs and chrysanthemums. 

Feeling damp sand between toes. 

Tasting the splash of salt. 

Listening to the rythm of the surf. 

Watching the water progress and recede. photograph of palm blossoms

Water rushing in, assaulting the beach, then fleeing back to the ocean, washing sand from beneath bare feet in its retreat.

Laughing at the birds soaring and diving, to retrieve a fresh sushi snack. 

Discussing the unimportant, yet fascinating correlation between lunar phases and tidal changes…and wondering how that somehow relates to human natural physical cycles…maybe even emotional and spiritual cycles… 

photograph of ancient oak treeTalking.

Joking. 

Teasing. 

Laughing. 

Reminiscing.

Connecting!

Sometimes the in-betweens are both more memorable and more important than the busy-ness of life.

Where have you found rest, recently?

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20 thoughts on “Entering Rest

  1. Yes it’s good to “rest” from the busyness of every day, and just connect with your spouse, just be together! Thanks for the reminder!

    • It is amazing, isn’t it? I’m not sure the same connectedness would happen if all we did was rest. But, somehow, a brief period of resting following prolonged periods of laboring together does bring deeper connection.

      Clearly, God has a reason for requiring a sabbath rest!

      Thank you, Christina!

  2. It’s been years since I’ve been to a beach and this post actually made me want to go. It sounds so refreshing and so different from what I experience day to day. Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you found something useful in my post.

    • “It’s been years since I’ve been to a beach and this post actually made me want to go.”

      What a wonderful compliment, from a fellow blogger!

      Thank you, Stephanie! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

    • “Even a short walk down the lane, to the mailbox, is a welcome respite”

      I agree, Jennifer!

      Feeding animals is a daily chore I have come to look forward to, simply because it gives me a few moments of solitude, along with opportunity to see sunsets, sunrises, moonscapes, etc.

      May God grant you the rest you need!

  3. This post makes we want to rest. The photo of the beach is so refreshing.

    Thank you so much for visiting Reflections of His Grace today.

    Blessings,
    Joan

    • I agree, David! There’s just something about a beach that almost demands the mind to relax.

      On this particular trip, we had the double enjoyment of a beautiful garden filled with flowers and canopied by ancient spreading oaks draped in Spanish moss, just a few steps away from the beach.

      It was truly lovely! …and relaxing…

  4. I certainly believe that those moments when we can get away from it all and spend time with our loved ones are the best! I don’t have many memories from my childhood that are positive, but the ones I do are of family vacations and days away! Great post and pics, Joe!

    • Yes, even a brief getaway can provide needed rest and reconnect time.

      Thanks, Beth! I’m glad it was a blessing to you.

  5. what a gift…sand between the toes, and relaxing with a loved one…took a short nap on Sunday, which I haven’t done in a long time and it was relaxing 🙂

    • Ah, the Sunday afternoon siesta! Yes, a truly wonderful tradition!

      I enjoy them when I can, though not as often as I would like.

      God really knew what He was about in requiring a day of Sabbath rest, didn’t He?

      Thanks for stopping by, Dolly! Loved your recent post on Soul Stops!

  6. Oh, lovely, Joe! I so glad you got to have this special time. we all need times of renewal. I feel refreshed just reading about yours!

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