Rest & Relaxation

As a busy wife and mom, wouldn’t you just love for someone to tell you to go to bed and rest for a week?  There are so many times in my life that I have wished for a “spa week” , or a wonderful surprise of “help” that frees me to just relax, no worries about laundry or dust, or food.  Well, I got one of those yesterday…so here I am blogging during my R&R becauseGod gave me the self-imposed R&R through the SHINGLES!!!  I think my God has such a wonderful sense of humor.  When I truly think I need more time and energy to do all the needed and often demanded things of life, God sidelines me.  Now you would think I should have learned from this earlier in life since this is not the first time this has happened to me, but NO, I did not learn, because here I am again.  Doctors orders, husbands orders…home, resting, not spending time  with grandkids (my favorite pastime), not taking care of Mother (in the hospital for over 2 weeks), no clearing the dust and dirt of the home-just rest.  I think typing at a computer keyboard fits into the rest  category though.  All I know is that my husband is out for two nights this week doing church conferences and I am here…resting, alone.  I truly think my body can handle a little more stretching, but I have been told otherwise.  One thing I am looking sooooo forward to is that Holly has been planning to come home with two of my grandchildren next week for a visit.  What a delight that will be for me to look forward to as well as a goal for me to be well rested so I can enjoy Kennedy and Tucker.

As I turn to scripture to try to learn this lesson for once and for all, I can honestly say that some of my favorite verses come from one of my not so favorite books of the Bible…Lamentations.  You know, Lamentaions is just not too uplifting-I love the more positive spin on things and I never think of Lamentations like that.  However, that being said, when you read Lamentations 3:22-23:

22The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
23They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

It is totally impossible for me to think that God is not giving me this R&R for my very best interest.  He loves me so much that even when He knows that I need to do so much for others, that He cares enough to make me rest…so I can be the best for Him.  I serve an awesome God (and He is capable of taking care of all my well-intentioned details).

Have you ever been sidelined when you wanted and needed to be on the field?

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Christy
    Jan 22, 2011 @ 15:54:52

    Oh Gini! I am so sorry about shingles! BUT I am amazed and encouraged about the perspective you have that God is gracious to give you this time to rest! It IS so hard to just be still, not be needed, not pick up and organize…but just allow for God to refresh us! THANKS! This is a lesson I can learn over and over!


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