It happens once a year. That time when all normal life is put on hold and a type of imbalanced, yet completely planned, family time occurs. It is amazing that vacation time is still popular with anybody.
We spent three incredible weeks with family, and couldn't wait to rush home and kiss our dog-hairy carpet, rummage through the frige (only to find two moldy green peppers) and sort through a 6 inch stack of junk mail. Sure, it was nice to be gone on vacation, but doesn't it feel sooo nice to be home, alone, eating frozen pizza and take-out chinese. The kids walked in the door slightly dazed and said, "I remember this place" as if it had been three years since we'd left home in Wisconsin.
Of course vacation has a purpose in the scheme of life. Helps us to realize that we are not alone in this life of business deals and car payments, gets us back to a sense of the greater truths. God has a season and a time for everything under heaven.
There is a time to rush and a time to be still,
a time to ride in the car and a time to stop at rest areas,
a time to say hello and a time to say goodbye,
a time for joyful laughter and a time for tears
a time to swim and a time to be dry,
a time to make friends and a time to leave friends,
a time for vacation and a time for work,
a time to borrow and a time to pay back.
Aren't we so glad to be back to work? We stayed up one night until 2 a.m. and the next morning said to my husband, "it's time to pay the piper" and he replied very groggy and grumpy, "who is this Piper so I can kill him?" Turns out, the Piper is YOU!
It is true, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but even more is remembering to work diligently with our hands, so we can "pay the piper" and have another vacation next year!