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Monday, March 28, 2011

The Ride Home From Vacation

The ride home from vacation is always a drag.  In fact, it’s not just the ride home.  It’s that pit in my stomach that starts as the week comes to a close.  I think about reentering reality and it paralyzes my thoughts, robbing me of the enjoyment of the moment.

It will be over soon.  Why does it have to go so fast?

I sat on the airplane, worrying about the week ahead.

How am I going to get through all my emails before Monday morning? 

I need to get on top of the kids’ homework this week.

Don’t forget about the kids’ make-up tennis lessons.

There is nothing in the refrigerator.

Did I miss the deadline to register for camp this summer?

How am I going to find the time to train for this half marathon?  Should I drop out?

My mind continued to wander.

Then, unexpectedly, after some initial conversation, the guy sitting next to me handed me a copy of God Calling, a devotional I’ve intended to read for quite some time.

“Take it,” he said. 

So I began to read.  Right there.  Right then.

March 26

What of a man walking through a glorious glade who fretted because ahead there lay a river and he might not be able to cross it, when all the time, that river was spanned by a bridge.”

Ah, yes, the bridge.  I’m so worried about the river that sometimes I don’t see the bridge.  Or the boat.  Or the life jacket. 

There’s nothing worse than fretting over what we don’t know, can’t see, and can’t control.   Predictions and possibilities are not reality.  Reality is right here.  Right now.  In this very moment God has given me. 
Would I reenter my daily routine with grace and peace or with stress and worry?


I’m linking up (a bit late) today with Hear It On Sunday, Use It On Monday and Playdates With God.   It's good to be back.

Grace and peace to you, my friends.


Laura said...

Susan! Your place is gorgeous! I love, love, love the makeover!

And I love your playdate too. Sometimes it's just a simple reminder: He is in it all. (But I know exactly what you're talking about. Yeah. Sure do.)

Heidiopia said...

It's so hard to keep your hand open to receive God's gifts in the midst of "re-entry"... I'm living it this morning. Thanks for the words of wisdom, my friend. :)

David Rupert said...

"nothing in the refrigerator"

Boy. That sounds familiar!

Glad you learned some lessons upon your return. For me, its usually just dread!

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

First of all, I LOVE your redesign -- it looks so clean and fresh and so professional...nice work! [did you do it yourself????].

Secondly, it's funny that we both wrote posts about our trip home from vacation -- my seatmate turned out to be the voice of God as well.

And lastly, I too am a big-time fretter. My own son frequently quotes those verses from Matthew about not worrying about tomorrow...

Thanks for linking up Susan...and welcome home -- hope your transition is going smoothly!

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

Hope you had some awesome and restful time off, Susan!

Amy Sullivan said...

I really like that you are calling your blog Lawyer Mommy now!

I love that you were given a book you've been wanting to read!

Deidra said...

You're training for a half marathon?!?! I'm impressed. Truly.

But that wasn't your point. Sorry. I'm easily distracted. And I'm good at fretting, and oh so grateful when others point out the bridges that I so easily overlook.