It’s okay to rest. I mean, rest is good.
Sometimes rest is hard. Sometimes rest means facing the facts and looking at yourself, really looking at yourself. Sometimes rest means quieting yourself from to-do lists and overbooked schedules to listen. Rest is hard when you just want to run.
But sometimes, rest comes easy. Like today.
Like a day when you woke up at 4:30 am and spent 5 hours in the car and then proceeded to spend six hours awkwardly chatting with strangers and sitting through a lecture on youth ministry in the church even when you don’t work in a church or often in youth ministry.
And that’s okay. It’s okay to rest. It is good to rest. It is gift to rest.
Slow down. Sip your coffee. Give thanks.
Listen to the quiet. Hear the house creak. Hear the heater roar. Hear the refrigerator hum. Hear the coffee pot click. Hear your heart beat.
Be still just a while longer.
Do not hurry into life. This is a moment that you can never have back, as simple as it may be.
The simplest moments are often the sweetest.
Drink it in. Taste the coffee. Taste the cinnamon and ginger and nutmeg. Taste the cream. Taste the warmth.
Feel the mug between your hands. Feel the comfort in this home. Feel the fullness of this life.
Pour another cup.
Close your eyes. Breathe.
Be content. Be satisfied. Smile.
This. This is a day that the Lord has made, has gifted. To you. To me.
Rejoice and be glad in it.
© Alyssa Bell; February 5, 2013.