Back in June, James and I ate pizza in Beacon Hill Park and then talked summer goals over Beacon ice cream (THE BEST!) Usually I'm soooo game for making a billion crazy goals but this season things are different.
This is the first summer in years where I'm not doing something HUGE like speaking at camp, road tripping, going on a missions trip, GETTING MARRIED! The past summers were absolutely wonderful but this year I really feel God is telling me to rest. Soak in the gorgeous island summer. Eat cherries. Go to the beach. Read a book (or ten.) Put up art on the walls. Nap in the hammock. And don't feel guilty.
This may sound really wonderful but I'm a girl who really enjoys doing those big things. I like having a full schedule. I like serving at camps. I like going across the world. I like doing a billion big things.
But that's not what God has called me to this summer. Slowing down is hard for me. I'm used to the quick pace. But right now He's calling me to be content with a blank page in my agenda. (GASP!)
But I have a feeling. I have a feeling something is up His sleeve...all this slowing down, all this rest...maybe what it really is, is an invitation to rest in Him.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
-Matthew 11 MSG
Unforced rhythms of grace? Live freely and lightly? Count me in.
I'm sabbathing this summer. I'm going to read books. I'm going to the beach. I'm going to put my feet in the ocean. And through all that, I'm going to spend time with my God who's whispering in my ear, "let's rest."