Tomorrow, my wife (Lisa) and I are headed to Italy for two weeks. It is going to become another chapter in our adventure book – one that we have dreamed about since our wedding 30 years ago. It will be our first European travel vacation that we have ever taken. We’ve been counting down the days for nearly a year since we began to plan it.
It seems like a good time to remind ourselves of the importance of rest. Work is an important aspect of life – our vocations are given to us by God. But, He also gave us the Sabbath and told us to rest 1 day of the week. We are not designed to work 7 days a week. And, I think it is pretty easy to define 7 days of work as a sin (since it is the 3rd of 10 commandments).
But – beyond the Sabbath – God set up festivals and celebrations that were designed to interrupt the normal rhythms of work and to remind us of the blessings He has showered upon us.
A few years ago – I experienced my first vacation that lasted longer than a week. It felt like an impossible task. How could the world continue to function without me for 2 weeks? But, it did. And my life was changed forever. What I discovered was this: It takes 1 week to shut down from the pace of life and work…and I didn’t actually start relaxing and repairing my soul until the 2nd week.
As you make your plans for vacation over the next 12 months, consider taking two consecutive weeks away. You will be glad you did.
Thanks for listening. I’ll see you when I get back.