I’ve been working in Wyoming for a few months now. Seven months a full 365 miles from my home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
365 miles one way from my wife, not to mention my son, his wife and three wonderful grandkids…
If you had ever suggested to me that I would be this far away from my wife of over 32 years, I would have called you crazy. But a poor economy and the need for a job tends to make a man do crazy things.
Since I am so far away from civilization, I have found that I work most of the weekend, instead of resting. There is nothing else to do here. A town that boasts no door-to-door mail delivery – General Delivery is what we have – no grocery store and no restaurants to speak of, unless you count truck stops. I get home from work and begin working on my laptop. Writing blog posts, a newspaper column, spreadsheets or inputting data into Quickbooks – all work of some form.
Every other weekend, I load up a suitcase and head home. Through Cheyenne, Denver, over Monument Hill and into Colorado Springs. 6 hours one way. It helps to enjoy every other Friday off to make the trip. At least, until winter comes through Wyoming and Colorado.
But one weekend a few months back, my wife came to visit me, saving me the 12 hours in the car, but of course, adding the 12 hours to my wife’s weekend. For the first time since I have been here, I actually rested this weekend. We watched two football games, or maybe three. I lost track. We had a relaxing breakfast, chatted over lunch and even got in some old-fashioned cuddling on the couch.
Now that the weekend is over, I started to do a little bit of writing on my computer – but it seemed to be moving very slow. When I took a look at my hard drive, imagine my surprise to see that I was almost out of space. It served as a small reminder that I’m not the only one in need of a little rest and relief.
There is a reason that God rested the seventh day. I don’t think it was at all because He needed the rest. He was laying out the plan for us, a time to rejuvenate, breathe deeply, enjoy a cup of coffee (or tea) or maybe even take a moment and cuddle with those we love.
As I removed files from my computer to create more space and breathing room on my hard drive, I realized just how easy it is to become overwhelmed with the everyday processes. We take on more than we should, we tackle projects that we don’t have time to accomplish well, but we continue to push ourselves. Beyond reasonable limits.
I took some time to relax this weekend and was refreshed.
I removed some files and unused applications from my hard drive. It is running better. Perhaps it feels refreshed as well.
I don’t know about anyone else, but as for me – I am going to seek out my day of rest from now on.
The example He gave wasn’t for Him, it was for us. Our computers can only process so much without some relief.
Both the breathing and the laptop kind.