Last week was the first vacation we have had in 2016. I was so happy to have the first night away in a year! I decided to take a break from writing for the week as I was feeling dry and without words. (For anyone who knows me, that takes a lot!) Just like my week off last year, I brought a notebook so I could write if I found words. And just like that other time, I didn’t think about cracking it once. Rest and time away is so good for the soul.
The four of us stayed in a condo on the Gulf side of Florida for a few nights and had a great time. The highlight was showing our girls where Mommy and Daddy got married almost 13 years ago. The girls did not fight or complain the whole night. It was a true miracle! We recreated wedding pictures, using two children and an iPhone. They didn’t even complain about seeing their parents kiss. 🙂
One of the things I love about the ocean is the way it makes me feel. When I look out over the water and it seems endless, I feel so small. The earth has been here for so many years and it will be here until Jesus comes back. All of the problems I had been thinking about melt away when I think about how many other people have gone through it and come out on the other side of it. My issues aren’t new or different, regardless of what I tell myself. Even the times that seem hopeless are going to work out.
On this trip, I saw three things that always bring me peace: the ocean, a sky filled with stars, and big fields. Not only do these things make me feel connected to God who created them and me, but they remind me that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Perspective is such an important part of life and seem to also be the first thing we lose when life gets busy. I love my job and taking care of my family, but I need to remember to breathe and enjoy the moment.
For me, just glancing at anything big in nature causes me to let out the breath I didn’t realize I had been holding. It calms me and helps me remember what is important in life. What does the same for you?
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