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Thursday, 04 October 2018 10:00

Why sisters should swim.....

blue diving board pool 92070

Once, I was swimming at the local pool, meandering up and down the slow lane doing breast-stroke. Now I am definitely no Leisel Jones, and I certainly won’t be breaking world records any time soon (or any time in the future), but as I became aware of other people swimming past me, going much harder and faster, I began to see my journey up and down the slow lane as a parable for my life as an MGL sister. Here’s why (hmmm at this point it would be helpful to know that the three pillars of our MGL Life are Prayer, Sisterhood and Mission)……

  1. I think most of us know what it is like to get super busy and not have much time to spare. I am really aware that life as a sister can get a bit (or a lot) like that too. In this way, my rather slow swimming is a time for me to think and reflect. It is valuable time out that helps hold my life in balance. Yet while the exercise swimming brings keeps me alive in a physical manner, prayer keeps me alive in a spiritual manner. It is a time when I am able to put aside everything else and just be with Jesus, no matter how busy I am and how many things are pressing for my time and attention. This, just like physical exercise, rejuvenates and refreshes me.
  2. As I watch others power past me, I sometimes begin to wish that I could swim much faster, and that I was a little more co-ordinated. Now if I let this thinking take up all my energy, then it becomes hard to swim, even at a slow pace. The truth is, each of us have different gifts, and while mine is certainly not swimming, there are other areas where my particular giftings lie. I see this reality through living a life of sisterhood. Each of us is unique, and we bring our own gifts and talents to share with each other. It is great to know that we can all fill in the gaps for each other, and that together God can use us more powerfully than he can as individuals.
  3. You never quite know who you will meet at the swimming pool. A friend of my sister met the guy she eventually married when they were both taking a breather at the end of the same lane. Now, I have chatted to a few people here and there at the pool as well. It reminds me that in the broadest possible terms, my mission as an MGL sister is to bring the love of God into every encounter I have. Whilst in my few visits I have not yet had a chance to do this explicitly, there are many opportunities to do it in an implicit manner.

Who would have thought that going for a swim could have so many links to my life as a sister? It definitely seems that taking some time out for a swim is a great thing, not just for exercise, but for the chance to think and reflect as well.

Mel Edwards