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.
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.