Sometime I wonder if vacations are worth all the effort it takes to get ready for them. You know the routine, all the clothes must be washed (I dread the thought of dirty socks left for 10 days in the bottom of the dirty clothes hamper), house must be cleaned, house plants watered, pets arranged for, bills paid, mail stopped, neighbors alerted, car cleaned, kids packed and so on. Whew!
Then there's all the unpacking work when you return ... plus all your work work that piled up. I'll admit I get a little stressed about going on vacation.
However, all I have to do is walk down a shady path holding my son's hand and it's worth it.
Or I'll hike to the top of a mountain and look down at Zion canyon, and it's worth it.
Or sit around the dinner table laughing at an inside family joke and it's worth it.
Or relax on a patio listening to the wind whisper through pine trees and it's worth it.
Or watch my daughters wade through a river for the first time and it's worth it.
Or see my husband really relax and it's worth it.
Or see a black bear and her baby cub and it's worth it.
Or gaze at a canyon so immense that only the hand and will of God could have carved it so beautifully (no matter what geologists say - with all due respect) and it's worth it.
You see, some things just can't be experienced to the fullest in my hurried life. I do "shallow" with ease, but for me, it takes getting away sometimes to do "deep."
So I'll be signing off the for the next 10 days as my family and I head north through Zion National Park, and up to Yellowstone. If you are reading my blog during this time, welcome.
I'm trying my best to practice an unhurried life. Honestly, it takes more will power for me to slow down than to speed up. So I'm submitting the next 10 days to God, and asking for His help to enjoy every moment with my family, and in His stunning creation. I pray to see God's hand everywhere. It's already there. I just need to slow down enough to see it.
In His Love,