Oxygen

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
Psalm 42:1-2a

It’s been a busy spring! One of the first things I cut back on when I’m busy is self-care. I don’t get enough sleep. I don’t take time to journal or meditate or pray or read. I skip workouts. And pretty soon I feel terrible! My body feels blah and my mind is unfocused. I feel disconnected from myself, from others, and from God.

I try to remember this sage advice from flight attendants: if the cabin loses pressure, put on your own oxygen mask before you attempt to help others. For me the flight attendants' routine warning conjures up the terrifying image of a mother passing out in the middle of trying to put an oxygen mask on her kid. Yikes! In this context, it makes so much sense to take care of yourself first. But self-care is something I often forget in the context of work and out-of-town visitors and festivals and relationships and deadlines. Whew! Deep breaths!

The last two mornings, I’ve been working to re-prioritize myself and God before the busy-ness of the day takes over. Yesterday morning I woke up early to go to a pop-up yoga class in a local park. My body felt awake and strong the rest of the day! This morning, for the first time in a while, I took time to be still, to write, and to pray. My quiet time was brief but awesome. It’s amazing how restorative it is to spend even a few minutes in God’s presence.

“As a deer longs for flowing streams, / so my soul longs for you, O God,” the psalmist writes. The stream is always there, waiting to quench my thirst if I will only stop long enough to take a drink.

What about you? What’s one thing you can do today to put on your oxygen mask of self-care or quench your thirst for God’s presence? As always, thanks for reading!

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