Thursday, June 26, 2014
Four year flashback
But the rest of this trip was amazing. We traveled 3860 miles on this trip. Illinois to Alabama to the Gulf coast of Florida, to Marco Island Florida, to the Atlantic side of Florida. From there we traveled to Washington DC and then made our way home. It was 16 days and lots of time in the car, but still really a great time.
I guess I am spending time flashing back to 2010 vacation is because our vacation this year did not turn out exactly as I planned, and I still feel like I need a vacation! Isn't it silly how we all seem to need these vacations? I think it is because we don't have enough rest in our day to day life. We don't celebrate the Sabbath rest. Our weekends are so filled with all of the "stuff" that we need to get done, because our work week is so busy. And just as I have discovered this week (and wrote about yesterday), we don't sit and wait in silence. And now that I am without a job, this seems really silly. I have plenty of time, but it is not the same as being away on a vacation.
So, while I still would like to have another vacation to look forward to, I will practice more waiting and more rest. And deep breathe and relax. All the while I will be remembering to turn my focus onto Jesus. And yes, I will also be remembering the relaxing time paddling on that river.
Jesus, thank you for all the ways you have provided for Ken and I over the past years. Thank you for vacations and travel and kayaks and beaches and exploring. Especially thank you for pictures and memories that can remind us of peace and rest. Holy Spirit, remind us to stop and rest and turn our focus onto you. Change our perspective to heavenly things! Amen