Today, I want to relish in the amazing blessing that rest is. God calls us to rest. To recuperate. To have time to be calm, to be quiet and to reflect. This is my time.
I am sitting at Starbucks. It’s been a busy and productive weekend. Friday night was a relaxing ladies night with wings and a movie. Just what I needed after a stressful work week. I love my girls so much and I never know how much I need them until I spend some time away and then get that opportunity to enjoy their company once more. I am never more aware of how important they are than when they or I am not around. So, I truly loved my night on the couch, in my pajamas watching “Bridesmaids”. A perfectly, inappropriately hilarious movie that so wonderfully suited our need for laughs and relaxation.
Saturday was non-stop. Woke up way early than a working woman should on a day off. 7:00 AM came calling quickly and I wasn’t able to calm my mind and body again until it hit the pillow at 10:00 PM. From 7:00 on, I was running. Cleaning house, doing the laundry, filling up the dishwasher, empyting the dishwasher to fill it again. Eating healthy meals that seem to take much longer to prepare than my typical go-to meal: chips and salsa. I forged my closet of all big things, little things, inappropriate things, unwanted things. And made a run to Plato’s Closet. They seemed to agree with my distaste for those items of clothing as well. They bough 5 peices and sent me packing with $7.25. Haha. What a joke. Next stop? A drive by at Goodwill to get the rest of the junk out of my sight. On to the most eventful part of my Saturday — the WKU Football game. And man, it was a dousy. So sad for our team after such a difficult loss. It was a really close one with Arkansas State – coming down to a miscall from the referees and a march down field that WKU just could not stop as time expired. Following the game, it was a race to find any restaurant in BG that has room for 9 of us. With all the football broadcast on national television, it’s no wonder we ended up at a Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant instead of the sports bar we had anticipated. I was glad to find my bed so warmly welcoming me at the end of that day.
And today? Again woke up way too early. Baked a batch of blueberry muffins and portioned them for breakfast over the next week. Continued my devouring of the never-ending laundry hamper. Went for a little run — just two miles to give my ailing hip a break. #1 sign that I’m getting old. And now, I find myself here at Starbucks. Calm. Taking in the small town chatter of the few that are around me. Letting my ears enjoy The Notebook-like music that serenades us all. Making the most of my afternoon to rest. To refill my gas tank and to prepare for a busy week ahead.
It is important, you know. To give yourself a break. To have Me Time. Your mind needs it sometimes. So as I sit and enjoy a fwe more hours of peace, I hope you take the time to be still and breathe this Sunday afternoon. I am no busier than the rest of you. But whatever you have going on, remember that rest is for your benefit. God created rest for our weary souls.