What does that spell? My vacation last week! I had a great week with my family last week as we enjoyed a week-long vacation to Edisto Island, SC. My husband and I had to really think back to realize that this was our fifth trip to the island, and it was just as wonderful as I remember it. The joke there is that they affectionately call it “Edi-SLOW” because no one on this island is in a hurry to do much of anything. I like it!
The one thing I really wanted to do on this trip was to rent bicycles for the family and have us ride all over the island. There is a beautiful bike path that is covered in a canopy of trees draped in moss that hangs so low at times you have to duck to miss it. We rode every day and it was pure bliss. To be safe, my husband took the lead on his bike, followed by my daughter, then my son, with me bringing up the rear. I took advantage of being in the back because I didn’t have to set the pace, I just had to keep up. That allowed me to really look around – to really appreciate the beautiful world God made for us.
When is the last time you sat silently outside just to look around, listen, and absorb God’s creation? I am embarrassed to say that, until I hopped on that bike, it had been quite a while for me. My life is so busy and I rarely just stop to appreciate things – “smell the roses,” if you will. I prayed as I rode (I got some bizarre looks, but I don’t care) and thanked God for those beautiful trees, for my crazy family, for the fact that I was healthy enough to ride a bike, for the peace God granted me that allowed me to relax and enjoy my vacation, and much more. I prayed, and prayed, and prayed (we rode up to 7 miles a day).
The vacation is over now, but I’m still trying to be absorbed in prayer and meditation. I was in such a better place after that time of prayer and reflection – I believe I’m meant to do that much more in my life, so . . . I am :). I hope you’ll slow down a bit this summer, too. Somewhere between your vacations, kids’ camps, work, or whatever, I hope you find a few moments to give to God.