Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Vacation has a way of slowing us down - in all it headiness. And, the peace it brings gives me reason to pause and consider how I can bottle this slowness and bring it home. I don't mean we've been laying around doing nothing - you can see we've had lots of fun. It is more of a mental slowness and yes, even the physical slowness.
I found myself sitting on the porch just to watch my children play, crocheting a dish rag, reading a book. I began reading my mom's copy of Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth ~ I did not finish the entire book, but read the highlights or things I was especially interested in.
More than the book, was this idea that God was putting in my mind and heart for a slow day. Not once a year, but once a week - not to cease work, but just to s l o w.
As we get home this week and anticipate getting back into school very soon - I'm doing a lot of thinking about our schedule, meals, how to make this life that we feel called to - work, etc. And, this idea beckons and invites.
To take one day a week to slow the pace. Staying home as much of that day as possible, sitting on the porch, reading books, having tea, slowing. We will still have school and do laundry and need to eat - but we can slow down the other minutes and hours. We can lay on the couch and read books all afternoon if we want to, do puzzles or play games, sit on the porch swing and sip lemonade, etc.
Right now I am inexperienced at how this works, what it looks like during real life. But the idea is real and compelling and I trust from God - so I trust Him to help me make it work. Since we are out on Tuesdays for Classical Conversations, Wednesday will be a good day for us to just hunker down and slow down.
"So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir."
Have you ever tried anything like a slow day?