“So you’ve never had a ‘proper job’?” she asked in her clipped British accent.
Our tour guide guffawed.
“Proper job? Proper job,” he mimicked. “Lady, this IS my ‘proper job’!”
His wind burned, sun wrinkled skin testified to the fact that he had been giving Colorado River tours for well over 20 years.
Most of the tourists on the boat snickered at his response to the Englishwoman. However, it filled me with longing…
To float slowly down the peaceful Colorado River, day in and day out, pointing out spectacular sights from nature, breathing in clean, fresh air. Every day seeing with fresh eyes something spectacular from God’s creation – THAT is the life! And he got paid for it! No worries, no hurries.
In today’s world, it’s all about productivity. Multi-tasking. Squeezing chores and to-do’s out of every second in the day. No wonder I’m frazzled by the end of the week. My body is tired, my mind is empty and my soul needs a retreat. A soul care retreat. A soul feeding with soul food.
And, what really, really feeds my soul is being outdoors, enjoying God’s creation. Whether it’s a slow meandering walk through nature, floating down the Colorado River or sitting outside soaking up the sun during lunch, I am revived and rejuvenated. My soul rejoices.
I wish that it was something more noble than this. A dear friend of mine says that volunteering at our local crisis pregnancy center “fills her cup.” I wish that I could say the same about feeding the hungry or helping others less fortunate. But my introverted personality craves alone time. Often, during busy, non-stop times of serving and doing, I find myself longing for the quietness of a cabin in the mountains, the beauty of a snowfall.
Rather than wish for something more noble to feed my soul, I am going to celebrate the way God created me. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. If that means being in nature and rejoicing in God’s creation feeds my soul, then that’s what I need to do. After all, I was knit together in my mothers’ womb by the Creator of the sun and skies and stars. Ultimately…
What do you love to do that feeds your soul?
Lord God, You designed each of us as unique individuals. You are intimately acquainted with all our ways, introverts and extroverts alike. We give thanks to you, for we are fearfully and wonderfully made in Your image. Amen
Until next week,
and these other lovely writers:
Barbie at The Weekend Brew
Kelly at Purposeful Faith
Holly at Testimony Tuesday
Janis at Sunday Stillness
Holly at Coffee for Your Heart
Brittany at Fellowship Friday