It was what I needed. I needed a vacation. I remember saying that I needed a pause button in life and I really and truly received exactly that. I would almost say that it was life changing for me.
I met God on that cruise.
I met God through my mother.
I met God through the ocean.
I met God through the beautiful music, through the sunrise, through the sand.
And this is why. I was so parched and dry and so lost and I was so so ready to feel God. I was so ready to feel his presence and his life pulsing through me again. I feel like God poured into me the oil of his healing and his life and his presence. It was as if water and refreshing were poured out onto a really thirsty land.
Did I go into battle as soon as I got home? You bet I did! The second I got home actually and it felt like my world was falling apart. But because of the pause, because I met God, I was strong enough for the battle. I could carry the heavy sword onto the battleground.
The last day I was there, I remember sitting with my Mom in Central Park reveling in the beauty around us and the cozy spot that we had just discovered and a thought crossed my mind, "I wonder if this is the calm before the storm?" And I realize now that it was a prophetic thought but that because of the peace and the joy and the laughter that God surrounded me with, I could weather this storm. I could fight this battle.
So if you aren't lucky enough to go on an amazing cruise, if you aren't lucky enough to go for a week, set aside a day or a morning or an hour to sit and push the pause button. Sit and breathe.
Breathe in the goodness of God and breath out the bad thoughts, the lies, the pain. Breathe in his grace. Breathe out condemnation and fear. Pretty soon you will be breathing in and out his goodness and his love and his grace and his joy. And it won't hurt to breathe anymore. It will feel good to take in big gulps of life.
Find out how you can push the pause button today.