Embrace The Moment
A few weeks ago my family and I packed up our vehicle and traveled up to Minocqua for a well needed vacation. This vacation was one I had been waiting for with much excitement. For the past year we had been planning on having a family reunion. While family reunions are always a special time together, this one felt even more magical. For the first time in almost 30 years, my grandmother had the chance to spend time with all 8 of her kids at once.
During the span of the week I was able to reconnect with my aunts, uncles, and cousins from Texas, Arizona, and Wisconsin. We listened to each other’s stories about life and how they were doing, laughed at silly photos from years gone by, and spent time just enjoying every moment together we could.
While my vacation there was nothing short of wonderful, my favorite memory happened the last night we were there. At the resort we stayed at there was a large hill that lead down to Minocqua Lake and to the boat docks the hotel owned. We had all finished dinner and had started to break off into our smaller groups, when we realized down across from the docks a water ski show was going on. 15 of us ventured down the steep hill to the docks. Throughout the span of a good hour I sat next to my Aunt Angela, Uncle Ken, and Cousin Kim enjoying each other’s company and the talents of the ski show. In that hour the sun was also setting behind a colorful display of clouds. As I sat there looking at the sunset, my feet dangling off the dock into the chilled water, there was a sudden sense of peace that washed over me.
During that time on the dock, I felt God telling me to just be and to embrace the moment. You see even though I was on vacation, I had a hard time shutting off the busy side of my brain. I was still worried about things I had to do at work, at home, bills, etc. In that moment however, I closed my eyes and smiled. I took a deep breath and told myself to forget about those things for the time being. God had reassured me that those things could wait and that I needed to focus on what was around me right now. I looked around to see my family members smiling and laughing, enjoying the company around them. I saw how calm the lake was and took in just how magnificent God’s creation is. It was something refreshing for me to experience.
Since that moment a few weeks ago, I’ve begun to challenge myself, how do I have those moments every day. What time to do set aside to spend with God and how am I actually just resting in God’s presence? I’ll be honest when I say it hasn’t been the easiest, but it’s something I want to get better at. Here’s to finding those moments in everyday where we can rest in God’s unending peace and love.