Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31
The beach/golf expedition is over, and today I am back to “normal” (whatever that possibly could mean in today’s world)!
The short story is that, for the first time ever in my life, I took a trip specifically for the purpose of playing golf. It’s also the only time I have played consecutive days. Three days, three different locations, three rounds of golf. And if that wasn’t enough, we stayed at George and Kathy’s cottage on the seafront in Atlantic Beach, on Emerald Island.
Our host, George, is a deacon at WFPC, and one of my best friends. George also invited Rick Mayo, another amazingly positive man and a leader in our church. So the time away had a retreat vibe too, with deep inspirational conversation along with fun, relaxation, and amazing food.
A key truth we must follow:
I have dozens of wonderful photographs to share with you, but today just this sampling and this corollary important truth: Just because the world is out of kilter right now, doubled over in discomfort and uncertainty, that doesn’t mean that we have to be too.
Let me highlight that: Just because the world is out of kilter right now, doubled over in discomfort and uncertainty, that doesn’t mean that we have to be too. So don’t let another week – or even a day – go by without taking deliberate time for re-creation.
Don’t let another week – or even a day – go by without taking deliberate time for recreation. The word means more than “play” it means re-create, to create again. We were not imagined, purposed, and then created to live mundane, unimaginative, anxious lives. We were designed from the heart and soul of the Creator’s imagination for the purpose – expressed so well in the Westminster shorter catechism, of loving God and enjoying him forever!
My three day retreat with my friends is just one example. We can – and we must – engage in regenerative re-creation on a daily basis. This morning Rebekah and I took a half hour to share coffee, some scripture, our morning devotional, prayer, and meditative conversation on the deck. How beautiful!
However we approach this, it has to be with God at the heart of the experience.
Stay tuned for some amazing photographs from my trip. Peace, love, and blessings to all of you – 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.