October 24, 2016

Refreshed by Beauty

Jesus was pressed upon by crowds of people who came to Him for healing. And then He would leave the crowds and depart for quieter places.

Is life pressing you? Do you just keep going or do you choose to slip away and find refreshment away from the hustle and bustle and over reaching demands?

Have you said yes too many times, when maybe you should have said no but found it hard to utter that two letter word? We’ve all been there. Until we realize it isn’t working and our plates are too full…again.

It is so easy to spread ourselves thin and then not have much to give to anything. In a moment of reckoning we can decide it is time to make the needed changes and slow down. We can also give ourselves permission to do those things that will refresh us when we have been stretched too far.

We can slow down and breathe in the beauty around us. Take a refreshing walk with me as we stroll through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Let’s start with the roses by this stone wall. It is late in the season and the roses are growing thin, but definitely still beautiful and serene.

Around the corner we will encounter the stone steps lined with brilliant chrysanthemums. 

Below are the same two benches pictured in one of last week’s posts which was taken on a November excursion a few years ago.

Now take a deep cleansing breath as we enter this tranquil walkway. 

It is hard to choose a favorite place but I think this is mine. It is called the Poetry Garden.  

Let’s rest here for a little while and savor all the beauty that surrounds.

We all need a quiet bench now and then… 

When life is pressing it just might be exactly what you need.

Isaiah 30:15  
In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.