• Kirstyn Oliver

True recreation, restoring our soul.

Think about what you do every day and how you spend your time. Is this time spent wisely? Is it spent working? Is it spent on other people? Is it spent in devotion? We should all have a good lifestyle. It´s important to balance out each area and make sure we are taking care of our body, mind and soul. Our quality of life depends on this balance.

One important aspect of our lives is the time we spend on true recreation. Not just any recreational activity, but the true re-creation of ourselves. What is that in your life? What does it look like and how does it happen? What do you do that re-creates yourself, that brings you back to who you really are? That grounds you, brings you back down to earth? What is it that brings you feelings of joy, fulfilment, relaxation and satisfaction? What is it that re-energises your body, mind and soul? What restores your soul?

Talking from personal experience, the people I have met on the autism spectrum have a clear understanding of what their true recreation is. They have their specific likes and interests and I have seen it very clear, that must be their recreational item/activity. It definitely re-energises them, and could possibly restore their soul. Do you have that one thing, or few things that gives you energy and fuel in life?

In Psalm 23, we read that “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul…”. However you interpret this, we understand that God restores our soul. He also gives us rest and peace when He ‘makes us lie down in green pastures’.

When a person with autism needs their own space, their quiet time alone, when they need to get away from the busy, noisy, chaotic “world” and have their favourite item or toy and do their preferred activity, I believe, this is their “lying down in green pastures”. It´s their still/quiet space. It´s the rest and peace that God provides, away from this restlessness world. That quiet space alongside their true recreational item or activity, that one thing (maybe more even) that brings out their true self, is “restoring their soul”.

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