I am a big fan of summer vacations. Not just because they are good for your health, although they are: Those who take vacations have a reduced risk of heart disease. Not just because they are good for relationships, although they usually are: Spending more time together with fewer techno-gadgets available tends to help relationships. And not just because I am about to take one, although, as soon as I finish this article on summer vacations, I am going to leave for one.
I am a big fan of summer vacations because they remind me that my identity is not in what I produce. Staring out at the waters of Lake Michigan, I usually get the message (again) that there are larger forces at work in the world. That God is still God, no matter how many emails there are in my inbox or how many things I have checked off my to-do list.
As usual, Wendell Berry says it best:
And yet no leaf or grain is filled
By work of ours; the field is tilled
And left to grace. That we may reap,
Great work is done while we're asleep.
When we work well, a Sabbath mood
Rests on our day, and finds it good.
I hope you get some summer vacation this year. If not for your heart, then for your soul.
In God's Peace,