Thursday, September 22, 2011

Weary Flesh, Brimming Brain

"Much study is wearisome to the flesh." Ecclesiastes 12:12
Today I attended an all-day conference on breastfeeding.  It was superb and may be the impetus I needed to assist new moms in their desire to learn about breastfeeding.  My brain is bursting with information.  Ever get that feeling?  I learned so much, but am afraid some of it is going to leak out (pardon the pun).

It was the first time I had been away from Abby for about eight hours.  She survived and actually did quite well with her little playmates.  By the time I arrived home to see her I was just itching to go for a walk.  My legs ached and my brain felt stretched beyond capacity.  A brisk walk pushing a 20+ lb. baby in a stroller did the trick. 

I thought of this verse in Ecclesiastes as I was walking.  Solomon must have known what it was like to spend hours studying all God created.  I can't imagine the wisdom he was gifted with, but yet he recognized that too much study is just plain wearisome.  My solution was to get outside and breathe some fresh air.  It rejuvenated my spirit and reminded me how good God is.  I won't begin to surmise how Solomon may have relaxed after too much studying.

Do you know of someone who is spending too much time indoors?  Do their eyes have a dull glazed look to them?  Is their skin pasty and pale?  Invite them to join you in walking, riding, or cycling through God's creation.  Fresh air and a break for tired brains can work wonders.  Enjoy the beauty of God's creation . . . before it's too cold for man or beast. 

1 comment:

  1. i see the self-reflection.. . May God give you more wisdom and to your family. I enjoyed reading.


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