"Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths, or the turning inwards in prayer for five short minutes." ~ Ettie Hillesum, author of An Interrupted Life the Diaries 1941-1943 & Letters from Westerbork
Today is Labor Day, which made me think of rest.
And I thought of the busy summer I had:
- preparing for my daughter's wedding. Such fun, but work nonetheless.
- editing my debut novel, Wish You Were Here. A whole other type of fun and work.
- keeping my 10-year-old busy-but-not-too-busy. Fun, fun, fun.
- choosing what to say goodbye to--and stepping down as the editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for MOPS International.
- managing vertigo. No fun at all.
And through each day, I found myself looking for rest. That moment at the end of the day when I could close my eyes and think, "Done--until tomorrow."
And here's what I've realized: Rest is not something that you push off until the end of the day. Or the end of the busy week or month.
Rest is something you embrace, minute by minute.
That photo? It's me at Bandon, OR. I'm sitting in what a friend named "The Hand of God" tree.
Works for me.
A good place to rest: in the hand of God.
In Your Words: Where do you find rest?
Labels: Beth K. Vogt, In Others' Words, quotes, Rest