Resting in Pennsylvania

We live in a ‘doing’ culture. Of course, that doesn’t mean we do what we say, but that we are active, a lot, filling our time with anything and everything.

I am currently on vacation. In running our own business, we have the luxury of a flexible schedule combined with work that always needs done and can be worked on at any time. It can be difficult to fully rest when so much is dependent on me, even when I am away.

We sometimes overestimate our own importance. What we do matters, certainly, but we aren’t in control of this world, God is. And He not only implies that rest is a good idea, He commands us to take a day off, once a week, in a world that is so desperately in need of what we have to give.

But this world is more than just a ‘project’ to help us feel good about ourselves and our place in the world. This world is to be enjoyed, bittersweet as it is. That’s just it, if we don’t stop, we may the depth of beauty and pain that is in this world. We may not appreciate. We may not emphathize. We may go through the motions with a nagging sense of wondering why.

Rest. Even putting aside my laptop has been difficult this week. I love being connected, but, yet, I’ve needed to step away as much as possible so I could be, so I could hear, and see. Because, when I don’t break my routine, I get lost in it, and forget, and fail to notice.

It’s been great to see my parents, brother, nephews, and a few old friends. Conversation has been great, reminding me a bit of who I am, and where I’ve come from. I’m going to my 15 year high school reunion on Saturday, and, that too, will be interesting. I can get so caught up in what I still don’t have in life and what disappoints me, and forget where I have come from and how far I have come.

I have expressed thanks to God many times this week, in genuine appreciation, because I see how good my life really is, and I’m thankful for rest and time with loved ones, to connect with them again. So I am rested and renewed, and ready to work again on Monday.