The problem with vacations is they are only a temporary respite from the reality of life. Days of sleeping in, sun, reading, taking care of no one but myself and then with just a short fight home I’m plunked right back into the middle of it all. Confession: I cried on my way home.
Please don’t get me wrong…I LOVE my kids, I’m blessed with an amazingly flexible job that provides so much, I have an super duper support system and loving family that live right here in this city! Life for me is good and fruitful and not many would dare complain. I dare not complain either. I just realized that the pressure and struggles of my life don’t disappear just because I fly 1,000 miles away and sit in the sun around a pool.
Its just all the extra stuff that piles up and weighs me down. Things I can’t get away from, responsibilities I can’t dish off onto another parent, situations I have no say in and little hearts that I can not mend or protect well enough.
Its kind of like dog poop. Every week you go around the yard and pick it up and every day more shows up. No matter how careful you are at scouring the grass and the side yard, little poops surface and you feel like its a never ending battle against poo!
Yep, poo….that’s what it is. I’m sure you can find a reference to this in God’s word somewhere! Thankfully, I have found a little nugget(ha, no pun intended) of truth that gives me hope and understanding. It goes something lie this:
God is just: He will pay back trouble to those that trouble you. AND give RELIEF to you who are troubled ~ 2 Thes 1:6-7
I’m not saying I want someone to get it so I can get me some payback for these troubles…although I do know the end of the story and in the end, ALL the poo gets picked up! What I really get here is that the relief I am seeking comes from none other then Jesus himself. No vacation, no pool, no sun(well one son), no amount of serenity will bring lasting relief. Only One Just God can give me what I need, what I seek, what I desire, and surely I am thankful He joined me on this trip and accompanied me home.
Casting my cares and getting relief…..right back where I started.