As you know, we turn our clocks back an hour this Sunday morning. Many people appreciate “falling back” an hour more than they do “springing forward” an hour in the spring because we “gain an extra hour.” Of course, we don’t really gain it – we are just shifting time. But the idea gives us time to pause and reflect on the importance of making time to rest. I want to ask you to consider resting in a particular way.
If your family is anything like ours then there are seasons when schedules seem a little more full and the pace quickens and we barely have time to acknowledge one another as we pass each other in our coming and going. When life gets like that I need to make time to “fall back” - to “retreat” - to take a step back and look at the bigger picture and make sure that the activities that are driving life crazy are really fitting into the larger and more important goals of life.
Maybe this happens in a quiet walk or hike in the woods, or a long drive on a traffic free country road, or an evening of good music and good food, or a time to sit and meditate in your favorite chair. It is good for us as parents to model times when we “fall back” and take stock of what is going on and remember who we, whose we are, and where God is leading us.
Let’s not let the crazy lead us but rather, let God lead us through the crazy into a more faithful way of being in the world.
To God be the Glory!