“Rest allows us to fully process and move through our experiences. This rhythmic nature is the way all creation functions. . . . We were made to flow like water. We simply cannot and were not made to be in one season all the time. . . . The wisdom of strong like water reminds us that we are cyclical beings more than linear ones. And that ultimately, rest must be a part of healing.”- Aundi Kolber
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”- Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
Aundi Kolber concludes Chapter 9 of Strong Like Water as she underscores that our bodies need time and support to rest. Especially after we’ve faced something difficult, overcome hardship, or simply experienced something intense. Even if it’s good!
However, Aundi cautions, our culture encourages us to function much differently. To bypass and override how much it matters that we permit our bodies to recover after challenge. Hence, Aundi counsels:
“There is a wisdom in the rhythms of our bodies that helps us understand when to move forward and when to pause, rest, ask for help, or connect with deeper resources. This is where a more holistic, expansive strength is born. When we learn to listen to this wisdom, we find that not only can we move through difficulty, but also we may discover a renewed sense of purpose in the world.”
In conclusion, Aundi observes, we face quite a challenge when we attempt to keep healing and hoping. Yet, we do just that. Because life’s never about a finish line. Or where we land on the flow of strength. For we find our true identity as beloved sons and daughters of God.
And even when you make a wrong turn or fall into old patterns that no longer serve you, Aundi encourages you to remember these sweet words from Scripture:
“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.”- Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)
Today’s question: What most helps you get in sync with the rhythmic nature of rest? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Reimagining – move toward”