Proverbs 14:30 “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body…” NLT
This morning I watched as my two granddaughters boarded their respective buses to go to church camp. One was excited and chatty, giddy with the anticipation of her first overnight camp session. Second granddaughter was cranky and grumpy, whining about the early hour, the fact that her friend wasn’t on her bus, that her sister was embarrassing her. I was exhausted by the time the buses pulled out and it was only 8 am! I waved furiously at both buses, making a heart sign to the older one, hoping she would cheer up before someone had to toss her out the window. They will have fun, returning at the end of the week, tired and dirty but full of laughter and memories they will have forever. I am just praying that the younger one actually remembers to bring back at least half of the clothes she took and doesn’t spend all her money the first day buying rounds of candy for her entire cabin. It’s always amazing the things they manage to lose.
Sweetheart left early this morning for a round the country trip. He is a corporate pilot and racks up lots of hotel points. We save them up for our quick getaways to fun places. I think that he was a little glad to get away from the total chaos our life has been for the last month. When he returns at the end of the week we will actually have one night with no one in the house, which we haven’t had the entire time we have been married. We are not even sure if we know how to have a conversation where someone isn’t interrupting, the baby isn’t crying, the phone isn’t ringing, or the dog doesn’t need to go out. Ok, well the dog will probably still need to go out and we will have to do it ourselves instead of making one of the kids do it. Dang it! I knew there was a reason we needed someone around.
As the last of the bus fumes misted away from the parking lot, I suddenly realized that I could do anything I wanted to. There was no one who needed me. No one who was going to ask me for anything. No one to tell me I really didn’t need that starbucks coffee. I WAS FREE! Now, I have been around long enough to know that in a day or so, I will miss the hoards and their chaos. But for today, I was going to enjoy myself. I went home and did what ever mother with an empty house does. I started cleaning. I did the bathroom, the kitchen, the living room, and then…..what was I thinking? This was not right. I promptly dropped everything and headed to get my hair done. I got it colored and highlighted, letting someone else cover up the evidence of the fact that I have children. A cute cut and lots of laughs with the stylist later and I was off to get a pedicure. Bright pink nails suited my mood and I sprang for the deluxe package. After that I had dinner with some bible study friends before heading into our study on Mayberry. Who knew that there was a moral in every Mayberry episode. I even got a moon pie for humming the tune from the show! (Hey, it’s the simple things in life)
This all made me think about my Abba and what He does for His down time. I know He needs some. Even Jesus needed time alone to think and meditate. It does say that on the 7th day He rested. I am always wondering strange things like this. I suppose it’s because I think of Him as a real Father. I am comfortable in His presence. Comfortable enough with Him to think that there are times when He just needs to relax. After all, He created me. I am in His image. And if I need a starbucks and a pedicure after my chaotic day, I can’t imagine what He would need! In all seriousness, I am grateful for this day. Grateful for the moments that He gives me to recharge and reload. I did splurge today. Yet it was all worth it when someone at Bible study told me that I looked relaxed and happy. I felt His approval as well. I have carried too much stress around for too long. God has given me grace and I intend to not waste one precious moment in the days that I have left here on this earth. And if He wants me to run get Him a grande cafe mocha, I am the girl!