I had the oddest experience yesterday… a day off! I ate my lunch while reading a book, sitting outside in the sunshine! I spent an entire day without doing any work! (I don’t count as work: three loads of laundry, 2 hours of ironing, grocery shopping, and prepping/cooking four meals!)
Now some of you may be spoiled – you may get two of those days off every week – and two or more full weeks of them every year! But for those of us in the new economy, those of us piecing a living together from a variety of sources in the post-recession economy… well, a day without work (to paraphrase the old orange juice advertisement) is like a day without sunshine!
I know when my recent period of heightened activity started: December 14th. But I’ve no idea when it will end… I’m mid-way through an Eastern Religions course at UOPX – there’s a Safe Church/Safe Sanctuary workshop coming up – and another Spiritual Gifts workshop in June – and preaching in June and July – and a big project at Judson Memorial Church that’s in the planning stage! So even when I look at next week’s blank spaces on iCal, I know they’ll be filled up with grading and research and preparation!
And, as much as I liked yesterday’s day off, I’m not sure I want this busy-ness to end! I like knowing that God has a use for me – that my gifts and abilities fill a purpose. It is, after all, just plain fun: all this learning and adapting and applying of my experience, knowledge, and abilities to the challenges of life.
Besides, I might get spoiled, too, if I got to eat my lunch, for two days in a row, with a book in the sun.