Ohmygoodness! It seems like such a long time since I’ve gotten to do this! Yes, as I write, we are on vacation for a few days. But that’s not what I’m talking about. What I mean is: I got to sleep in this morning! Until I felt like rolling out of bed. And it was wonderful!
This seldom happens at home. Arapahoe and Xian have taken to barking far more than they used to. We’re not sure if there is more activity in the neighborhood, or if they are getting more fussy in their older age.
Living in town also means there are traffic sounds that can disrupt sleep. The school bus that stops to pick up kiddos daily … right in front of our bedroom windows. Garbage trucks from at least two different companies … picking up refuse on different days of the week. And the trains, oh, the trains. Need I say more?
But when we’re on vacation, there are none of those sounds to interrupt sleep. Ahhh. We are off the beaten path. Our room is on the second level instead of street level. And we arrived on a weekday, not a weekend. Ahhh.
With nine of hours of sleep last night, I’ll be ready to enjoy the shows Mr. Pat has booked for this afternoon and tonight. We still haven’t decided how we’re going to celebrate on my birthday. Wonder if I could talk him into shopping? That’s probably not going to happen!
At any rate, vacations are so worth it. Whatever we decide to do. Wherever we decide to go. However long it takes to get there. Whatever mode of transportation it takes.
Rest and renewal are so important. Time to pause and breathe deeply is necessary for us to gain perspective on what is really important in life. Time to savor the richness and beauty of art, music, food, nature, and relationship affords appreciation and gratitude. Let’s face it. We simply may not recognize the significance and depth of God’s goodness until we step away from our norm.
Experience your world differently. Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat
Pastor Pat Norris
Something to Ponder is by Pastor Pat and is printed on the back of the bulletin each week.