Have you ever noticed how covered walks beckon a walker to walk through it? These arbors also have seats to sit and swing your feet, read a book or chat with a friend. At the Shack they also have another purpose. They add interest to the journey between the main lodge where the food is served and ‘community’ takes place and the rooms where ‘solitude and soul care’ takes place. The walk is short, lined with flowers in summer and fall and is a visual reminder of that separation.
Years ago I had a job 4 blocks from my home and walked that as often as I could. It was beneficial to have that short exercise to help transition from the ‘Job’ and it’s pressures to the ‘Home’ and parenthood. A healthy distance to think and process.
The time in the morning in prayer or Bible reading is also a healthy preparation for the day. So many pressures close in on us and that is so easy to give up when pressed. But it is that life giving space for taking care of your soul, talking to the Creator of that soul, and determining your spirit to keep in touch with His Spirit during the day. Jesus beckons us to walk through.