I swam today.
To those of you who know me well, that's an unremarkable statement.
But for me, today, it was a big deal. Last Wednesday, I had a minor medical procedure that had the parting instructions of "no swimming til Monday." Five days felt like a month.
If you aren't a swimmer it probably means nothing. For me, five days out of the water in the peak of hot August was a challenge. No, let me rephrase that. I did it because I knew it was the right thing to do, and just dealt with it. But the absolute JOY in being back in the water today was WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!! The feel of the cool water against my skin, the movement, the sights, sounds, and yes even taste of the saltwater. SOOOO happy to be back in it.
I was reminded of the power in the statement "Go with the Flow". I swam in one direction, against the incoming tide, with the wind in my face, and each stroke took a bit of extra work to move through the water. Then I turned around, with the direction of the tide and the wind moving in my favor, and I swam effortlessly, feeling the movement of the water support me in pushing me forward. A joyful ride.
It was a palpable, physical reminder of the difference between fighting against the natural movement of life, and "going with the flow."
Prayer. Listening for God's direction in our lives. Having the courage to follow it, and depend on it in making wise choices every day. Going with the flow of life, instead of fighting against it. Going with the flow of God's purpose for my life. Joy.
Feeling like the words aren't quite coming together tonight in the way that I want them to but such is sometimes the case when writing every day. I will trust that to those of you who need to hear what I've said, they will make sense.