My alarm went off at 5:20 this morning, just as it always does, and I slowly stumbled into the bathroom and began splashing my face with warm water. I pulled on my clothes, which were wrinkled from head to toe, and gazed at myself in the mirror. Ugh, my body is worn down! I thought. I continued the process by brushing my teeth with my natural seaweed toothpaste. At least, I think it's made out of seaweed. It's something crazy like that.
The longer I stood up and readied myself for the day, the louder my body cried out for rest. After 20 minutes of fighting it, I finally gave in and declared the day a "rest day". I put my absence in the automated system and returned to my jammies. Just as I told you a few days ago, when my body tells me to rest, I rest.
I can't tell you what a blessing it was to sit in the sunniest house imaginable today. I rested my little heart out! And, it was good for the mind and the body.
Every single time that I get to spend an entire workday at home, without doctors' appointments or medical scans, I feel so at peace. I LOVE being home. Fortunately, as a teacher, I am able to spend many days at home. I know lots and lots of educators who spend all summer going to trainings and preparing for the next school year. And some even teach summer school! To me, this is NUTS! I count down the school days as if I was a student, and I mourn the loss of summer as soon as my calendar turns to August. I don't go to the school. I don't prepare for school. And, I don't think about school.
Brian and I have some life goals, and right now, my job is part of our life goal. It makes me chuckle to even say that we have "life goals". For, I know that our ways are not God's ways, and our thoughts are not His thoughts. So, I feel quite certain that in 10 or 15 years, we'll be doing something very different from what we're doing now, but I'm sure it won't be anything like we're planning.
I think it's good to have dreams and ambitions. But, sometimes I also think that we can miss God's perfection because it wasn't part of our plan. Now, more than ever, we're trying to make sure that our life is yielded to His use.