A quick note: Ellen Gray, you won Jill Kemerer’s book from last week’s blog post! Congratulations! Jill will contact you to get the book to you!
Every summer it happens.
I determine this will be the summer where we learn to rest, to enjoy and to take the days slow.
But there’s something about having two active, need-to-stay-busy boys that makes this dream a little bit impossible. At least my vision of this dream.
This was the summer when I didn’t sign them up for a bunch of swimming lessons. We didn’t do Vacation Bible School (attending or serving). We didn’t sign up for a bunch of summer camps.
Though we didn’t have a ton of outside commitments, somehow this summer seemed to zip past at light speed. It may have had something to do with hubby’s traveling in April until the end of May. He arrived home, and we were already into summer break.
Both boys picked a couple camps they wanted to attend, and both took place in June. Then it was time to pack and fly to Hawaii to spend time with hubby’s family. Two busy weeks there, filled with cousins’ time, visiting sites on Oahu, and a mini-trip to Kauai. And then it was time to hop on another jet and fly through the night back home to Colorado.
The school-supply ads came out right after we got back. Edmund complained. “Mom! We have a month before school starts. Why are they already selling supplies?” Try explaining that to a ten-year-old who just wants to play all day?
There was the uniform sale for buying school uniforms at a discounted price. And then there was the running around to prepare everything just before school began.
Where was the rest in this summer?
What if I looked for the rest in the wrong places? What if my dream of long days doing nothing wasn’t God’s dream for our family?
What if unwrapping the gift came in hiking an amazing trail on Kauai that left me breathless—both for the beauty and the strenuousness of it?
What if rest came in spending time with people who know us and like us anyway? What if rest came in conversations shared with our boys, with family, and with friends?
I suspect my vision of unwrapping the gift of summer was a little off from God’s vision for us. He gave me the gift of walking with amazing friends early in the morning, capturing glimpses of His beauty in the everyday-ness of our path.
My boys headed back to school the middle of August. And, yes, their summer break is gone. I admit, we could have spent it differently. I didn’t do a great job unwrapping each day as the gift it was.
My tendency is to get caught up in all that presses in on me to be done. To get ahead of the daily demands so that I can rest . . . somewhere in the after-they’re-done time. But you know what? Those demands never stop coming. I can get ahead of today’s demands and be swamped by tomorrow’s.
As I’ve thought about unwrapping the gift of summer, I’m realizing I need to discover the secret to unwrapping the gift of each day.
Each day of the year holds beauty, holds glimpses of God’s glory, and moments of rest.
I just need to slow down enough to both see them and savor them.Even if only for a moment or two. Learning to see each day as the gifts they are is what brings peace to my soul.
What about you? What gifts did you find in your summer? How are you intentional about unwrapping the gifts in each day?