Activity, Rest and Musing

Climbing trees

We’re on holiday in deepest Norfolk. Yesterday we visited Pensthorpe. We walked round the 700 acre nature reserve… following a ‘jubilee trail’… feeding the ducks… climbing trees, rope ladders and high towers… enjoying the indoor and outdoor play areas. Although not all of us did all of these things we were engaged in significant physical activity.

Granddaughter-Hannah stayed at the cottage doing her A-level studies. She has essays to write… further activity.

Musing: I like activity. It’s part of my faith. Jesus told his disciples ‘Follow me… become fishers of men’… do something, get involved… I understand that Jesus.

The obligatory holiday jigsaw

Others in our family are taking the opportunity on holiday to have a rest. As I’m writing this a couple (who will of course remain nameless) are still in bed. We’ve been sitting, reading, doing jigsaws, watching TV…

Yesterday I enjoyed watching children (some of the adult variety)  on rope bridges, long slides, tree-top towers… I enjoyed watching… pleased that I was inactive.

Musing:. I know that Jesus also said, ‘Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.’ As I’ve got older I understand that rest is also part of my faith.

An Avocet

As we walked round Pensthorpe we stopped at the bird hides… identifying many species of ducks… observing water-lilies and irises in the lakes… enjoying the different shapes and textures of trees. We stopped and watched avocets, beautiful birds that we’ve enjoyed on several occasions before…

Musing: I remembered the wise words of Jesus: ‘Do not worry about your life… consider the ravens, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable are you than birds…. Consider how the lilies grow… Not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.’   Jesus talked about considering… musing…Some things are nothing to do with our activity or inactivity.

There are times for activity, times for resting and times for musing… I need the wisdom to discern which is which.  

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