Come Apart and Rest A While
Some of the wisest words ever spoken, “Come apart and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). As my son assists me on a brief business trip to Europe and the Middle East, he is learning about 20-hour-plus days. Not so smart on my part, but that’s the time we have to squish in a million things and, like much of the rest of the world, it’s often, “Hurry up and wait”.
Projects are generally not as ready for my arrival as I would like them to be. That means I need to crack the whip, or crack some heads, and push forward with the wheels of progress.
Yet, in the midst of the hustle and bustle, I remind myself that I enjoy stillness and quiet. I can think then. I wait for a full 30 seconds when my almost 20-year-old falls off to sleep on the living room couch in the small apartment… and then I relax. It may be difficult to keep from nodding off myself, but it’s the thought that counts.
Seize the moment when you can, even if it’s a minute here and there. This pic is me in the middle of another far-too-long day, full of adventures planned and unplanned. I finally decided to sit for a minute, to listen to the wind in the hills of Galilee. Yes, I had other appointments and long drives and the temperature was hotter than hot, but hey, there was air-conditioning in the car, cold water in our cooler, and even the most unmarked roads eventually yielded to our quest to return to civilization.
Life is often like a sketchy map, sometimes the satellite/photographic image, occasionally the well-marked street view to guide you, and frequently not at all to-scale so that small items appear much larger than they should be. If you can carve out a moment or two of rest… and prayer… and gathering your thoughts… you will be on track.
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