Back to life, back to reality. Today, my family was slammed at 5:30am with the reality that vacation was over. Ouch. As we drove Megan to school, TJ realized that he had left his lunch at home. Things were going so well, until that moment. He looked at me once he realized what he had done. Oh no. You see, we do not live close to his school (since our move). In fact, I spend most of the morning driving my kids to great lengths to their schools. It is exhausting. The thought of driving back home and then returning to his school was not appealing to me, and I am pretty sure he knew that. Kate chimed in her two cents, “TJ, don’t worry, Mr. Somski will let you find something out of the refrigerator (which she pronounced lafrigerator).” I looked over at TJ, “TJ, do you suppose there is a way that you could find a solution that doesn’t involve me returning back to school today.” He responded, “Probably.” I sighed and added in, “If you cannot find a way to get a lunch, please call me at home. I will return if you need me to.”
Man, I know how many times I have done or forgotten something that just caused a lot of chaos and I wished someone else would just fix it for me. I prayed that God would just send me a miracle of workers to be at my feet waiting to help me during one of these situations. Like a mom. You know what I am saying? I also know (as a Mom) that I cannot “fix” all my kids problems. They need to figure out solutions. This was one of those times.
After arriving home, I realized that vacation had given me a jump start. I had been so exhausted from “fixing” things around our new house and at our old house that I was physically and mentally incapacitated. Vacation took me away from all that for over a week. Vacation gave me that very energy that I had lost over the last few months. When we arrived home on Saturday, I realized it was the first night that I slept in my new bedroom that I hadn’t been suffering from sickness and worry. I could just sleep without waking up to blow my nose or cough or sneeze or write things down that I might forget the next day. I could just relax in my new home. AAAHHHH… It was wonderful.
God gives us the gift of starting a new life. He gives us this powerful new identity that erases all the old. He gives us a vacation without a vacation. During those days when we just feel like we don’t have even one more ounce to give, we can ask God to help us erase the exhaustion. We can ask God to help us persevere through the struggles. He will give us that strength.
Matthew 27:27-31 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him. They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head. After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.
How could you feel any more exhausted than Jesus did at this very moment? Yet, God still sent Him the strength to endure this horrible death. His body was physically put to the test, yet his soul was strengthened throughout the entire time. Each beating, each harsh word, each doubting person gave Jesus more and more strength. For He knew that even through this horrible incident, God would prevail. People’s hearts would be opened. It was worth it.
God is there to help us, but we have to be open to Him. I cannot escape the fact that my body and soul needed a vacation. I thank God that we were able to get away and enjoy a beautiful, relaxing trip. Even though it is hard to jump back into the reality of life’s demands, it is worth it. I mean, I am on God’s journey to convert people, to change minds and to open hearts. How can I not withstand a little struggle for the sake of Jesus?