Matthew 11:28

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.”

I was supposed to attend a women’s retreat this past weekend. I signed up and paid for it weeks ago. And I was looking forward to spending time with the women I was going to be roommates with. Then some flu-like thing hit me on Friday. I stayed home that first night thinking that maybe I’d be better by Saturday, and I could just go up a day late.

By Saturday, I was, indeed, feeling better – as long as I lay perfectly still on the couch. So I ended up lying on the couch all weekend long.

What a bum!

Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I spent three days lying on a couch. I feel so guilty about it that I’m ashamed to admit it here, but the more I think about it, maybe that’s exactly what I needed: Down time.

For most of January and February, I have had at least one kid home from school due to various coughs and colds. Then I spent eight days traveling across the country to visit a family member fighting cancer.

Since I’ve been home, more illness has struck. It’s kind of weird too, for I tend to pride myself on the fact that my family really doesn’t get sick very often at all. But in 2011, that has not been the case so far.

I’ve become weary, first with one sick kid after another and then an extended trip under some very difficult circumstances. I needed rest.

God knew what I needed. Three days on a couch was the best medicine for my soul. I watched my kids play Wii, and together, we watched reruns of The Cosby Show via Netfliz.

Thankfully, we are finally on the mend. Yet, I am continually reminded that while a cold may pass, cancer may not. I want to savor each moment that I am given with my family. And I cannot think of anything I’d rather do than hang out in the living room with my four favorite people, playing games and laughing.

Thank you, Lord, for rest.

8 thoughts on “Matthew 11:28

  1. I can sooooo relate to this! both my hubby and I came down with raging headcolds…our first this whole school year….and it was while traveling to Gordon College. So there we were, coughing and using kleenex while attending a full day of parent seminars, etc. for our soon to be freshman at college. UGH!!! But…we took turns driving and went to bed as soon as we arrived home and today we will just lie low and rest on the couches! I saw your comments…thank you so much!! I see you went to Azuza Pacific….I went to Roberts Wesleyan for my undergrad…I believe they are “sister” schools….altho that may have changed inthe last 30 years 🙂 (I graduated in 1982)….love your blog…will be back!

  2. Marhsa: Me too!

    Pamela: Thanks. I'm a “home-body,” so I'm pretty content at home where it's peaceful and quiet. 🙂

    Missie: Thanks. It's not fun indeed.

    Candice: I'm sorry you missed your conference. I agree with you too; I'm trusting there is a bigger plan at work.

    Faith: They may be sister schools; I'm not sure. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Marhsa: Me too!

    Pamela: Thanks. I'm a “home-body,” so I'm pretty content at home where it's peaceful and quiet. 🙂

    Missie: Thanks. It's not fun indeed.

    Candice: I'm sorry you missed your conference. I agree with you too; I'm trusting there is a bigger plan at work.

    Faith: They may be sister schools; I'm not sure. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I can sooooo relate to this! both my hubby and I came down with raging headcolds…our first this whole school year….and it was while traveling to Gordon College. So there we were, coughing and using kleenex while attending a full day of parent seminars, etc. for our soon to be freshman at college. UGH!!! But…we took turns driving and went to bed as soon as we arrived home and today we will just lie low and rest on the couches! I saw your comments…thank you so much!! I see you went to Azuza Pacific….I went to Roberts Wesleyan for my undergrad…I believe they are “sister” schools….altho that may have changed inthe last 30 years 🙂 (I graduated in 1982)….love your blog…will be back!

  5. I, too, missed a long-anticipated women's (homeschool) conference a couple of weeks ago due to sickness. I was tempted to feel sorry for myself when a friend reminded me that God always has a plan, even in the little disappointments we face. Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm enjoying visiting yours, too!

  6. Being sick is never fun, but being able to cozy in the house makes it easier. Sorry you missed your conference and hope you'll have another chance to be with your friends soon.

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