I was not sure what to expect. The natural baths of Gotenbad are known locally. However, the fact that they are on the ground floor of a nursing home did not build confidence. What could possibly be here? Why were there only seven baths? Why would management not expand to capture more revenues?
I am still not sure what happened on my visit. I do know that the twenty minutes I spent in the dark herbal infused mineral water passed in a matter of moments. I hesitantly lowered myself into the concoction, wondering if I would come out with stained skin. When the timer rang to let me know my time was up, I thought I still had a long time left to soak. As I dried off, I realized that my world was very different. My skin felt refreshed, softened, and ready for anything! My soul was filled with peace. Even though I had entered with uncertainty, I was leaving with a new reality. Whatever therapy came with Gotenbad’s water and herbs, it worked in my case.
I am not sure what I expect God to do with my life. I am often uncertain how the Spirit is going to move in the moment at hand. As I look with a mix a past and present experience, I know that “God said it and now he's doing it. It's no afterthought; he's always known he would do this.” (Acts 15.19) Even though I only know what the “this” is after the fact.
In Gotenbad’s baths, I opened myself up to a nature’s touch. The experience was wonderful! The natural healing properties of the water and herbs went far beyond the surface. I found myself walking where I did not anticipate. It was a lesson that is also an invitation. I can experience more than I can see. I can touch others in positive ways I did not anticipate. I can be a greater force for good than I realize. The potential of the present pivots on my willingness to let God move in my life.
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