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Don't Conquer the Journey, Sit Still and Enjoy It

Last week Andria and I took a timeout and spent a couple of days along the open shores off the Washington coast. The weather was more than perfect and the kick down was good for us both. My boss at work asked why I liked the beach so much to which I responded, 'It's my happy place.' 
Let me tell you about my happy place. There's something about seeing wave after wave wash upon the shore. I get a kick out of the sneaker waves that seemingly come out of nowhere and soak you silly if you turn your back. I love watching the fishing boats head out, ships sailing by or whales out in the distance. And then there's nothing like hearing the sound of those great waves crashing and the 'whoosh' you can hear as the waves push their way up on the sandy beach trickling in between your toes. It's awesome! Can you picture it? Just talking about it brings me back there. You see, when you're there it's like nothing else matters. It's the 'Selah' moments that I believe King David talked about. Moments when everything slows down and you've got time to think and time to regroup. For me it's the 'still waters' of Psalms 23. It just quiets everything else down. It's a time to listen. A time to refresh. A time to remind oneself of what really matters. 

You may not be as blessed as we are to have a beach within an hour drive but regardless we all need a place of escape, a refuge that we can go to so we can 'check out' every so often. You may not realize it but when David wrote Psalms 23, he was in between two places. He had left the old but had not yet arrived at where he needed to be. Today we call that transition. Defeat and danger surrounded David all day but as he had written, the Lord had something else in mind for him. Transition wasn't intended to be a time of fear but rather a much needed time to regroup. As David puts it, God was forcing his hand to quit worrying, to lay down and to chill. God was interested in restoring and refreshing his soul. David wanted to gird up and conquer the journey but the Lord wanted him to sit still and enjoy it. That's why it's important to find that happy place and why every so often we need that timeout. Too often we get consumed with what we need, where we need to be, and what we need to do that we forget, the Lord is my Shepherd. 

Psalms‬ ‭23:1-6‬ ‭(New King James Version)
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.”

Enjoy your journey!
Pastor Shian

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