Many leave home for a vacation this time of year. Such breaks are necessary for regeneration and restoration. The daily pattern of what we do can numb us. The lack of new vistas and new experiences can stifle the creative spirit.
You don’t have to leave home for a vacation, though. There are ways of altering your daily schedules and patterns that can help refresh you wherever you are.
Read a new book on a subject you’ve never studied before. Go to a new movie, or listen to a kind of music new to you. Find time to do one or two things from that bucket list of what you’ve put off for someday. Turn off the TV, close your internet access just for a little while in order to have time to think without the constant barrage of information pouring through our smart phones.
God created us with the need to stop and rest, to renew on a regular basis. In the Creation account in Genesis we read:
And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
Don’t think of vacation as a rushed time to pack more stuff into us. Instead, wherever we are, simply stop to enjoy the world God made for you.