Reflections on Rest
Today I leave for an 8 day vacation with my sister. We’ve been planning this trip for months and I’m so excited!
But I’ll be honest… my excitement has been hampered by my stress. I’m stressed about being away from work. I’m stressed about what might come up. I’m stressed about turning off email and letting it pile up for a week. I’m stressed about feeling guilty for taking a break.
Can you relate?
I have a hard time resting. I have difficulty observing Sabbath. I have trouble relaxing.
In our much-doing we lose perspective, lose our energy, and more importantly, lose our creativity and sense of humor. We thus begin to carry the world on our shoulders and soon become overwhelmed or disillusioned. But to simply withdraw does not provide the way forward, for we then take our hurt or tired self with us. Rather, the movement to solitude is to find a renewed self, and from the center of being loved and nourished we can again enter our world with purposeful engagement and joyful detachment.
from Dare to Journey with Henri Nouwen
I’m desperately in need of renewal. I have been doing too much.
And so this trip is about rest.
- It’s about intentional time with my sister.
- It’s about rejuvenating my spirit.
- It’s about hearing God in the everyday simple things.
- It’s about wandering, exploring with no agenda.
So this week, I may not be blogging a ton. What I will be blogging about will be my journey to finding some rest.
Will you join me on the journey?
How have you learned to rest?