Yesterday, my boys finished their school year, making today our first official day of Summer Vacation.
I’m relieved–no more early morning rush hours.
I’m excited–summer means more opportunities for family fun.
And I also admit I’m anxious. I’m geared for productivity. I like routine. I like busy days of doing something. So lazy days of summer sound more like laziness than summertime fun.
What is Summer supposed to sound like?
Should I be happy to sit around and twiddle my thumbs?
Does it sound like crickets chirping?
And should I feel content and comfortable within its sound?
“There is no music in a rest, but there is the making of music in it.”-Mrs. C.Cowman [tweetable]
When my life’s melody pauses without notice, I find myself struggling to get on with it and become frustrated trying to find the next note.
But I’ve learned that within the pauses is where I find my answers. When I sit still and quiet is when God can finally take an opportunity to speak.
I once heard of a man who was determined never to take a vacation. “I can’t possibly take time off this summer,” he said. “The devil never would.”
The man had a point–the enemy never takes a vacation from finding ways to keep us busy and distracted.
But Jesus took several pauses.
So what am I so afraid of? Wasted working moments?
“Who am I here to follow?”
–the rhythms of Jesus, or the patterns of everyone else?
God sends us pauses within life’s melody to tune our ears and our voices to His sound. [tweetable]
In the rest, we learn to listen. While resting in His voice, we learn to speak.
This summer, I challenge myself to take advantage of godly pauses. To remember they’re never wasted, but instead, provide clarity and preparation for the busy days ahead.
So will you, too, take the challenge? Will you stop and listen to become better attuned to His sound?
Even the winds and waves cease movement at His calling. (Mark 4:39) Will we?
What are your Sounds of Summer? Share with us your thoughts.