This morning though, after my stuff was done and it was time for me to sit and write this, the baby was fussy and didn‘t want to go to sleep in his bed. I picked him up and headed to his favorite rocking chair. He likes to press his cheek up against mine and just sit there - usually until one or both of us dozes off. So for about half an hour this morning, that is what the two of us did. We just sat. Sat, rocked, and relaxed. Neither of us slept or played or talked. We just sat and rocked.
I let myself just sit there without thinking about the work that I still had to do. I didn’t think about how many calories I ate for breakfast. I didn’t feel guilty because I could be doing something more productive. I didn’t even think about overtly spiritual things. I just let myself rest in the moment and enjoy doing absolutely nothing with my baby.
We are busy people. We stay busy trying to accomplish things so that we can relax. It’s weird. We work ourselves senseless so we can rest later. We are overstressed, overworked, and under rested. Even our vacations are so jam packed with activities and recreation that we joke and say we need a vacation from the vacation. Recreation and rest are not one in the same. Sometimes we need to just stop. Just sit quietly and allow ourselves to be still. Our minds need it, our bodies need it, and our spirit needs it.
Today, just take some time and turn off your phone, TV, computer, and Ipod and stare at a blank wall for a while. Cuddle with your baby or your pet on the couch. Take a walk by yourself. Even if you just sit in the driveway in the car for an extra minute…do something with the sole intent of being still.
And don’t feel guilty about it.
“On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.” Genesis 2:2