Well being back at work and re-engaging with “normal” & “routine” is an interesting experience. When Tom Hanks returns to civilisation in the movie Castaway, after being alone on a desert island for 4 years, he initially struggles with the “normality” and “ordinary” of everyday life of those around him. He looks at life through very different lenses and interacts with others in a very different way to pre plane crash. There is a part of me that wants to be back on the “island”. But that is not reality and does not contribute to community. So the challenge is to carve out space in the 24 hours and find that time of solace and solitude to find perspective.
David writes my story in Psalm 23
1-3 God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.
4 Even when the way goes through
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.
5 You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.
6 Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life.