I was a distance swimmer in college. The 1000 yard and 1650 yard (the mile) races were my favorite.
I think what I loved about it was that for ten or fifteen minutes, no one expected me to do anything but swim.
Out of the water, every fifteen minutes was full of chaos and expectations and multi-tasking. I was expected to have an answer for everything – what assignment was due tomorrow for any class, what lab the general chemistry students were doing this week, how my doctors were handling my latest illness, what songs we were singing at church this week, when choir was performing at church, when our next swim meet was, how much time I needed to drop to make the cut for any event…
But for those precious minutes in the water, all I had to do was swim.
Even now, when my life feels overwhelming, and the change is impending, and my to-do list is a mile and a half long, I wish for those fifteen minutes again.
And I realize that I don’t only want those fifteen minutes – I need them.
I need that time to rest in God and in His promises. I need that time to recharge, reset, and renew.
It’s not much, but it is enough for today. Tomorrow, I’ll need it again. Fifteen minutes.
Kristen Entwistle is the blog manager for Broken Beautiful BOLD and is a graduate student pursuing her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University. She helps to lead worship at her church on Sunday mornings and leads a women’s Bible study on Saturday mornings. She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was three months old, and has seen God work through the ups and downs of life and through her disease. In response to God’s calling, Kristen started All For Him Life, a ministry seeking to encourage and challenge women of all ages in Christ with FREE Bible studies offered throughout the year.
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