The peaceful solitude is critical to me. I am an introvert. It is not that I don't like people. In fact, I love people. But I get energy from being alone with God. Extroverts get energized being with others. I find that very draining after a while and need to rejuvenate in solitude. So I kayak as far as my arms can stand, and commune with the turtles and God. That fills my spirit with the fuel I need to interact again with a troubled world.
I am glad I kayaked yesterday because today is my day to volunteer as a sidewalk counselor at the abortion mill. I need all the energizing I can get in preparation for that difficult work. Hubby Arvo will be joining me for the first time. He will be playing his guitar and providing live worship music at the "gates of Hell." Asherel, our daughter will be coming for the first time as well -- to observe and to pray. The two team leaders won't be there, so I am in charge of the microphone. Gulp. For an introvert to be the voice amplified in the back rooms of the evil abortion factory is a tad intimidating.
However, besides the kayaking refueling my soul, I am grateful for our Sunday sermon. The pastor reminded us that sharing the gospel of God's love and redemption is not optional. It is a command. It is often scary, and we often feel inadequate, and we will surely experience rejection. Nonetheless, those who love God will obey His commands, and He has commanded that we GO and teach others about Him.
So I GO this morning, but I am not alone. My husband and my daughter will be with me, but even more importantly, God is with me. Who else do I need? What He has asked of me, He will empower in me.