After a long day of pandemic stress, I look forward to swimming laps in the outdoor pool at the YMCA. I go at 7 p.m. when the sun is going down, the air is fresh, the sky is blue, the birds are singing, and a gentle breeze is blowing the fragrance of the flowers and trees my way. It is so good to be outdoors and feel safe. I love to take my time and follow the stripe on the bottom of the pool that keeps me going in a straight line in my lane. It is so relaxing as I meditate on the goodness of God and the beauty of His creation. Nature is open during this pandemic and can minister to our spirits that long to be free.
As the sun sparkles on the water and the children nearby play “Marco - Polo!”, I am transported back in time to my younger years when I would spend hours in the pool with my friends. “Marco! Polo!” “Marco! Polo!” Hearing the glee in the children’s voices brings me so much joy and reminds me that all Is not lost. Life goes on. Children are still having summer fun at the YMCA like I did. Although I am older now, I still feel young at heart and I hope I always will.
I encourage you to take advantage of your local YMCA now and at all times. The Lincoln County YMCA is temporarily closed indoors but it has many great outdoor or online fitness classes that can improve your quality of life even in this pandemic. Other programs are also available through the Lincoln Co. YMCA as part of the larger YMCA of Greater Charlotte. For more information, please call (704) 716-4500 or go to https://www.ymcacharlotte.org/branches/lincoln-county.
Rev. Smith is the Associate Pastor of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church www.exodusmissionaryoutreachchurch.org and can be reached at 828-962-8196, email@example.com, or P.O. Box 3311, Hickory, NC 28603.
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