Today we journey back into town for baseball practice and a little face time with the parents. Chris’ folks are driving up from the Eastern Shore to have lunch with us and watch Ty’s little league practice. I am finding much joy in my children when the to-do list is minimized and Chris has no homework. It’s not that there is no pleasure in caring for my family, it’s just that sometimes the sheer responsibility and the mundane tasks overshadow the satisfaction and simple pleasure of being a mom.
I am reminded of the command to take seriously the Sabbath, to rest and take delight in the Lord. It isn’t that we don’t take time to worship or go to church, but taking time to rest from daily activities is near impossible with little children. So how then do we heed this command to rest in the Lord? Well on a daily basis, I set aside time after breakfast, with my no longer hot cup of coffee and read scripture. We do Bible lessons together as part of our school time and each Wednesday we participate in our churches “family night”. Though we go our separate ways according to age, we each get some study time and fellowship with other believers. Yet somehow this is still not enough. My body and soul yearn for rest; maybe they are yearning for more than rest, but yearning for The Burden Carrier, Christ.
So we escape. For one weekend a month we load up our camper and pick-up truck and head out into the country. Just getting out the door or the unpacking later could make you question the whole value of the outing, but I guarantee that the price is well worth the investment.
What is it that your family does together to escape, unwind and reconnect with each other and with God? I would love to hear your thoughts!