Ok! everybody up! Rise and shine! Stacation – Day 2
What are the three best things about vacation? Yep! You can avoid the alarm when it rings. You’re right. I could just not set the alarm, but I like the luxury of choosing to hit snooze 6 times or just turn it off. So I let it alarm me – on the off chance I still want to rise and shine at 4:45. I think David had it right, don’t you? Look at Psalm 90:14 “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” More on that singing part later.
So the second best thing about vacation? Either no routine, or a routine out of the ordinary. I chose to take a stacation. Uh-huh, you read that right. I have wanted to stay home for a week (or longer) and do nothing but clean and organize my home, spend time with family and friends that isn’t limited to a 45 minute lunch period. I took a break yesterday and took my daughter to the pharmacy and got to spend precious time with her that would never happen during a normal work week. What else? Time away from work also means spending more time with the Lord, talking out loud in my own voice. I know. I hear you on that one. I can talk out loud in my own voice any time, and I do that often in the car, but sometimes people look at me funny. I use this verse a lot because in my heart, I know it’s an open invitation from God to pray to him and expect an answer. Jeremiah 33:3 “‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” In all this cleaning and organizing, believe me; I am praying while I work and here’s the best thing about working around the house – all day music blasting so I can hear it through every room in my house. There is no greater encouragement than singing with Christian artists to stay on track with your checklist and mission for the day.
And the third thing about vacation is the opportunity to think about, develop, and work on future, professional goals that align with God’s plan. Psalm 37:4-6 says “Take delight in the Lord, and he will answer your prayers. Commit your future to the Lord! Trust in him, and he will act on your behalf. He will vindicate you in broad daylight, and publicly defend your just cause.” God works behind the scenes, totally hidden from us. Yesterday, someone i know only through LinkedIn, offered to talk with me about how to find clients who need help with writing eCourses. I asked a simple question through an online article and mentioned that I purchased Storyline Articulate software because my goal is to write online courses. She looked at my resume that’s posted online and emailed me her offer to mentor me. I don’t know what that means yet, but God does. He tells me in Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.” As soon as we set the time for our phone conversation (7:30 this morning), I turned it over to the Lord to work it out according to his will. I know the pain of getting ahead of God. It’s like getting the cart before the horse. It’s messy! And it never ends well. I have to believe that God is true north and tells the truth in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
How about you? What have you got going today? Proverbs 3:5-6, 13 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding.” How can we lose? This is the best day to get out there and make it happen.