Monday, August 18, 2008

Renewing. Part 1

I have so many things to write about that I'm not even sure where to begin. Do I start with 'I have never felt so refreshed and renewed' after a vacation or do I begin with 'I have been through some of the hardest days I have seen in a long time'? I choose to start with the 'refreshed-renewed' part. It's more upbeat.

Vacations are seldom 'refreshing' or 'renewing'. Usually they include major travel, masses of people, amusement park rides, food on a stick, plenty of activity, and very little rest. This vacation was different. Completely. It included minor travel, very few people, no amusement park rides, stick-less food, very little activity, and much needed rest.

We rented a cabin at a nearby lake. Sight unseen. We had heard they were really nice, but honestly had no idea. We didn't know whether our cabin even had a view of the lake. We rented it and prayed for the best. God is good. We arrived at the cabin to find that not only did we have a view of the lake, but it was located right on the lake. The scene from our deck was breath taking and permanently etched into my mind.

We spent day after day waking early to enjoy the stillness of God's creation. I spent countless hours unable to pray anything other than 'Thank you, Lord. You are sooooo amazing.' While I only spent short periods of time in His Word daily, His presence was so strong. I could feel Him in the breeze that swept through my hair. I could hear Him in the sound of the wakes crashing against the rocks. I could see Him, in all of His glory, as I looked up into the starry sky every evening. I felt so close to Him. It was incredible.

Our days were filled with giggles as grandpa took the kiddo's tubing on his boat. There were quiet moments and, well, not so quiet moments. We spent the days and evenings just enjoying uninterrupted togetherness. Friends and family stopped by and spent some days and nights with us, which made the moments even more special.

Thursday.....we had to leave. None of us wanted to. We even tried to rent the cabin for another day or two, but it had already been rented out. We came home where the hustle and bustle of every day life began immediately. I didn't have to go back to work until today and as the week drew to a close I found myself longing to be back at the lake. Longing for God to just rewind time.

As I sat last night reflecting on the week, I found that, while I was sad that vacation was officially ending, I felt completely renewed...ready to take on the world. In a sense time seemed to fly by and at the same time it seemed as though, for the first time ever, I had actually been on a vacation. Going to work this morning wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. But...........

Today was harder than I could have imagined.

More about that later.

7 comments:

Carol - CDCversion said...

Sounds like you had a God-ordained vacation with your family and Him. Almost like a step back in time. The cabin on the lake sounds so peaceful and restful. What good memories were made for your children! But I'm ready to hear the rest of the story....I'll be waiting!

Heather said...

@Carol- Sooo good to hear from you. I woke up with you on my heart this morning! I pray all is well with you! I am anxious to write the rest of the story and glad you visited me. I've missed you:) Love and HUGS!

Lori... said...

Sounds great! I loved the summers on the lake in Minnesota growing-up. The way the stars and moon reflected on the glass-like still of the lake - oh nothing more Divine than that! Although I didn't know the word Divine back then ;)

Glad you and the kiddos had a wonderful time! But do we really have to wait? I'm really not liking this whole patience thing lately!!! Looking forward to hearing all about it!

Robin said...

Hi Heather, so glad you and the kids had an incredible vacation. From what you shared, I almost (not quite - haha) felt that I was there. Guess I have to enjoy it vicariously.

Very positive upbeat post - sometimes we need to rest and relax and bask in HIS creation. Glad you had the opportunity!

Can't wait to hear the rest of the story... I'm sure getting back to work after a time of peace was a challenge...

Susan said...

I am so glad you had such a great time. We will have to rent one of those cabins sometime for our family. I like the fact that it is not to far from home.

Indian Lake Papa said...

Whatever the rest of the story is do not let it erase the good memories/times of a great vacation, that is life also! Are we going to see any pictures of the vacation?

Tanya said...

I am so glad that you had such a wonderful time. God is so good and it is incrediable how God wooes us. I hope that the rest of the week was good. Love ya from Tanya