Yesterday was a big day. I didn’t do my Friday Counseling post, just wasn’t in the mood for it. However, may this post will take its place.
Two things. Yesterday I did 30 laps in the pool. Three more, and I’ll be doing a mile. That’s a very big deal for his not-so-young non-athlete!
(This isn’t me 🙂 She’s got my by almost 20 years, and she’s still swimming. Awesome!)
The second goal I’m happy about is that I’ve now gone over 100,000 hits on this blog! I’m amazed, thankful, very happy. I’d continue writing even if there were no hits, because it’s important to me and I believe it honors God. But it’s very gratifying to know that others are reading and, I hope, being blessed.
So while I was swimming yesterday (it took me 75 minutes!) I had a lot of time to think. I thought about how wonderful water is. We would die without it. Our bodies are largely water. We need it to drink, to cook, to clean ourselves and our possessions; we need it to grow food and flowers, and often we use it for transport and sports and just for fun.
I thought about the therapy I use for trauma. EMDR is something I’ve written about before. One of the things we do is to establish a “safe place” in the client’s mind. He can use his safe place any time, but in session we use it as a place for him to calm down, relax, and regather himself when the therapy becomes too difficult. The safe place is anywhere that, when you go there, you feel calm, safe, at peace. People choose a variety of places, but the most popular by far is the ocean. The rhythm of the surf, the beauty, the water. Water is in almost everyone’s safe place, whether it is a lake, river, stream, pond, or waterfall. Water is relaxing.
Jesus gave living water to the woman at the well. He told her that if she would drink of the water He gave her, she would never thirst again. He is the Living Water. In Him there is peace, safety, calm, and healing for the soul.
Water of Life. And those are some of the things I was thinking about as I swam yesterday.