Oxenholme, here we come!
I journeyed over the Easter break to visit my younger sister in Oxenholme in Cumbria. I knew I needed rest. What would have happened to our Lord Jesus’s ministry if He had never taken time to rest or urged His followers to rest? This tells us we need to charge our ‘creative battery’ as needed. I love the holiday culture most people adopt in the UK and some other parts of the world. Before, I relocated to the UK, I never knew people just took off to other places away from home as if they had lost their reasoning, for the sake of a ‘Holiday’! It sounded quite bizarre and shocking to me. From my part of the world, many people still consider going on holidays as crazy, ostentatious and a waste of good money. Now I know better!
I realised that my body was not really in its greatest shape as I spent most holidays committing to baby-sitting, social media committments, looking after the family needs, doing house chores as well as my writing. This time around, I had to firmly lay reins on my dear heart which had wanted to fawn over my grands and I forcefully took myself on holiday. What a difference it has made! Just resting my eyes and tuning my senses to the country scenes around me was already refreshing. Going through the countryside and passing towns like Preston restored a lot of lost energy from my creative battery.
My sister’s home is near the Lake District and there is the ocean about forty-five minutes’ walk away from her home which I strolled to, as well as ,the little lake that has its tidal flow. The birds flying at ease, the greenery of the fields, the cattle and sheep on them reminded me of the Lord telling us who the real owner is! ‘All the animals in the forest are mine and the cattle on thousands of hills. All the wild birds are mine and all living things in the field’ –Psalms 50:10 – 11. When I saw the beauty of the peaceful plains and how I felt, I got clearly why our Lord Jesus always sought for such places to be alone with His Father.
My creativity level rose as poetry and prose flowed out of my brain to my pen by His grace. I came back with a determined charge and force on my writing as Facebook and ACW can testify to Papa God’s glory! God indeed has a purpose for everything. It was great bonding with family, having a good needed rest and creating a good deal of poetry. Have you been to Oxenholme or live there? Do you need to get away and charge your creative battery? I just did!!
Sophia Anyanwu is British Nigerian, lives in SE London and is a part time tutor, writer and poet. She is a multi-genre writer and poet but also writes Christian fiction. All of Sophia’s books are available from her website: www.olusolasophiaanyanwuauthor.com , Amazon or local bookshops.