What a weekend it’s been so far… Michigan is going to the NCAA basketball finals, car show downtown during the coffee walk with the Mrs., we had a great time with the grandkids chasing eggs around the yard, BBQed some chicken on the grill, and the weather was perfect. The only way I could describe it is peaceful.
After a quarter-end for Microsoft, the rest was needed. Work can take a lot out of you if there’s stress involved. Stress can take a huge toll on our bodies, minds, and souls if we don’t get some rest from it.
I tend to thrive under stress because it makes me focus even more. I hate to fail and always want to do my best. But, there comes a time when too much is just too much. In the line of work I’m in, taking a long vacation is nearly impossible. Taking a day or two, yes, but difficult. It’s the planning for those times on the week-ends that help to relieve the stress.
Easter is a great time to reflect, not only about our faith, but about our life in general. Even though today was wonderful, I still found myself feeling stressed when I had a few hours to myself. I didn’t know what to do with it. Isn’t that weird? I mean, I finally get a couple of hours to go shoot photos, shop, or just kick-back and, what do I do? I go to a car show that hadn’t started yet and sit in the car with nothing to do feeling sorry for myself. SO, I wound up at Walmart to get Easter eggs for the grandkids.
The lesson learned today was that it’s not about me. Life has a way of reminding us of that. The best time was spent with family and meeting people at the car show. It’s that old thought that sticks with us, ‘if I could only get away from everything and do something for myself, I’ll find some peace’. Yet, the older I get, the more that seems selfish and empty.
Jesus promised us peace in a way that the world doesn’t give. He didn’t promise us peace by sitting on a river’s edge listening to the water go by, or by meditating on a hillside. No, He promised peace of heart. He never said life would be perfect or stress free. In fact, He even said it wouldn’t be. But, He did promise to always be with us and to give us peace of heart.
The good news is, that peace of heart, can overcome the world and all of it’s stress. You see, earlier today, when I felt sorry for myself after the failed attempt at ‘getting away’, I sat in my car for a few minutes. It was then when that still, small voice spoke to my heart and reminded me that He loved me and that His peace is all I need. I was frustrated for sure, but He calmed my heart and emotions reminding me of what’s important… others.
So, this Easter, I encourage you to rest in the Lord and spend time with the ones you love. I’m praying for you to have a peaceful, and love-filled day tomorrow.
Happy Easter my friends and all that comes with it!