It’s been quite a bit of time since I last had the opportunity to post.
It’d be better to admit, or confess, that I haven’t posted in a while, not because I haven’t had the opportunity, but because I haven’t really had the energy.
I’ve found myself in a busy season of life. (If you know me well, you’re probably thinking, “That’s nothing new. Haven’t you always been a glutton for punishment?”)
I’ve decided to double-down on classes for my degree, as well as, classes for ordination.
My wife and I are also learning that life with an almost 2 year old is beautiful and fun, but also absolutely exhausting.
Lastly, we our juggling various transitions in our lives in regards to our careers and the responsibilities that come with those transitions. (My beautiful and hard-working wife is crushing it in her new position as an instructional coach and I’m finding myself being asked to partake in various projects and committees at work.)
As a result of this busyness, my wife and I have worked hard to forge out time for one another to pause and get some rest. Our hope is that this rest and break from the craziness of life will allow us to regroup, focus on ourselves briefly, and ultimately allow us to come back as better spouses and parents. To quote my wife, “You are a better husband, father, and friend when you take time to yourself to rest.”
My traditional idea of rest is sitting in my favorite coffee shop and possibly reading or writing. However, as I sit in said coffee shop on this beautiful overcast Arizona day, I realize that I SUCK AT RESTING. Setting aside time to rest is a great step in the right direction, but partaking in restful activities would help a great deal.
With that said, I know we all have our own definitions of rest. I know some people need to seclude themselves and binge Netflix or Hulu. Others find rest in playing sports or doing yard work. We all find rest through various means.
This morning, during my time of rest, I decided it’d be a great opportunity to do homework. After I finished it, I realized that I did not feel rested. Had I simply taken the time to do my homework earlier this week, I would have found this time to be a little more beneficial.
Because of all this, I’m determined to make my time of rest more beneficial than it is.
Below is a prayer to prepare my heart and mind for those times.
Feel free to use it if you struggle with rest just as much as I do.
God of rest,
After you created the world and all that it inhabits,
You paused and took time to rest
When your son, Jesus, needed time to himself,
He found places of seclusion to rest and spend time with You
Give me the desire to learn from these examples
May I take the time needed to rest and relax from the stresses and demands of everyday life
May this time of rest be fruitful and life giving
May I resist the temptation, even in times of rest, to work and produce
As a result, may I come back from these times of rest filled with energy to move forward, With a passion to continue on with all that I do, And may I come back from this time a better husband, father, and friend
I pray all of these things in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God,