“so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord… until the time of universal restoration that God announced long ago.” – Acts 3:19-21
Tuesday we wrapped up our wonderful week of grandchildren with another full day before driving into Virginia for a late afternoon hand-off.
More accurately, we finished up with a splash!
Our friends Trish and Dave gave us access to their pool and (on an unreasonably hot day) there is little that is more fun than the constant noise, movement, silliness, laughter, relaxation, and refreshing coolness of an hour or so in the water.
It makes me think about the biblical concept, “times of refreshing.” Think about it: is your experience of worship, of communion, of fellowship, of learning, of mission, of service a time of refreshing? Do you experience faith and living as a follower of Jesus in a way that reminds you of being immersed in a pool full of clear, cool, relaxing and invigorating water?
Jesus describes the quality of life he offers as a fountain springing up: “Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).
In a world fraught with conflict, anger, bitterness, misunderstanding, prejudice, greed, avarice and more, I cannot recommend anything better or more effective or more healing than a deep immersion in Jesus. Jump in, dive in, even wade in slowly; however you come, just come.
A time of refreshing – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.