Most of our family came over on Memorial Day for a picnic, and as I saw all those little Grands in the yard, laughing, swinging, playing Kan-Jam, collecting flowers and maple seeds, and generally running in the yard…I felt peace.
My sons and daughters took over the kitchen and it was a nice relief for me. That morning I had made a large bowl of fruit…and was done!
Later my daughter and I laid out an old quilt in the grass, (under the dangerous tree), and every now and then one of those Grands wandered by to say hello. One brought drinks, and a new fangled chocolate lasagna.
It was restful.
Later I couldn’t sleep. In fact, I’ve had trouble sleeping for several months now. I could sleep half a night and be awake the rest. The only thing worse is keeping your husband up too. On occasion I have resorted to the couch.
Do you ever have trouble sleeping? Sometimes it’s the heat, or the cold, but most often it’s that troubling thing (or two) in your life. Possibly it’s a heavy schedule or family problems that are at the forefront in your mind.
So—wide-awake last night, the Umpire and I talked about getting away to Summit Lake. For a month I had been wondering when we would get away for a day to clean and open up the cabin for summer. Being that our summers are so short, it needed to be done a month ago. I admit I can’t do it alone now, and I need the Umpire to run the mower in places where the ferns don’t grow.
I need some time, I need rest. Just me…by myself…at the lake. A selfish desire?
A few days, or maybe a week to unwind, uninterrupted, with no one to cook for, no wash, no cleaning, no dog, no appointments, no questions to answer, no internet, no phone (well, almost).
I could ask you if you think this would be profitable for you and I know what you would say—are you kidding? When can I go?
I don’t work a job out of the home anymore, so shouldn’t that be enough? Granted, I still have appointments, errands to run that my husband can’t, and calendar full of dates with the Grands. There’s baseball games, dance recitals, softball, soccer, and don’t forget birthdays! It’s all fun, and tiring and I just wish I were a ten or fifteen minute drive away from all of them– instead of one hour.
The Umpire has a full schedule nearly every day. He’s all day at school and off to umpire in the evenings. It seems unfair that I should go for a rest. After all, who is going to cook for him?
So we talked about rest, and getting away from the daily schedule, and just the thought of if spoke some freedom I need right now. We are always responsible to others, whether it is to care directly for family members, or coworkers, friends at church, or our neighbors. But humans are fragile and we need rest and renewal—it’s a fact of life. I know we can be tough and think we can handle it all, and the problem is…we try.
If we keep on pushing, we burn out and that proves dangerous for us, and those around us.
In Luke 5:16 it says this:
“ But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” NASB
I’ve seen this often—Christ alone with the Father. He came to earth as a man, to share what man lived…to share everything in which man struggled. He wanted to be like us so that we would understand his sacrifice was true.
My Pastor said that the word often means on a regular basis. As often as I have read it in the New Testament, it’s obvious Christ wanted us to see this. He wants us to know it’s important to go apart in our own wilderness. He wants us to turn back from the busyness of life and be quiet with the Father.
How about you my friends? You may not have a few days to spare, or even a half-day, but you can get alone with the Father and drop the heavy load from your back.
It’s important…he told us so.