Relaxation... ... Ready
As a former collegiate cross country runner, I know all about the finish line. It is the place that designates completion after a long hard week of practice and training.
The thing I have had to learn, however, is what am I supposed to do after the satisfying sensation of completion after being pushed past the point where I thought I would break? The holiday season can sometimes be that for all of us. We are so busy baking, writing, eating, reading, running, and all of the other activities that by the time it all comes to a completion, we do not know what to do. I am continually pondering a project of mine entitled: "Half to the House." The opposite of the famous "Couch to 5K", this program is meant to focus on how to transition from focused dedication to the mundane. In a time of holiday conclusion, a focus such as this is paramount. We know that we need to relax, but do we?
Isaiah 40:30-31 states, "Even the youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall. 31But those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint."
The relaxation we need should replicate that of God the Creator on day 7. It should resemble what Jesus did many times after powerful preaching and healing. We may want to simply take a nap, sulk, reminisce, or other partake in other worldly activities and practices, but the only real recovering comes from resting in the Lord. Let us get charged to start this new year. Hope and wait in the Lord.