This is not how I expected to spend the day after Thanksgiving. No, I am not in line at Walmart or Lowe’s waiting for a door-buster. I am sitting at a Starbucks waiting for word on the state of our car, the one we just purchased. It has a hitch in the transmission and we are hoping it is not terribly bad. The service center where my car is being diagnosed is quite a distance from my home, so I am waiting.
That seems appropriate for Advent – waiting for news – good news, I hope. And while I wait, I have time to think about the coming year and the things I hope to see come about (sounds suspiciously like goal setting). In a way, this time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s becomes the chance to hit a reset button. What have I wanted to do in 2017 and what would I like to see happen in 2018?
I wait and consider reading a book while I wait. Maybe I will be inspired or challenged and reconsider the size and scope of one of my goals. Or maybe it will shape what I will preach this Sunday, or change the direction of the Christian Growth class we are leading.
Today could also be one great reset button. It is a day just to breathe, a gift from my car to me for its ills. It becomes a day retreat, a chance to stop amidst the busyness of life and enjoy some down time. Cheryl often asks if I actually take a break on Fridays, which is my typical day off. Now I really have to be off.
Today, I stop and hit the reset button. It will not reset life or direction. It just resets me. I have this moment in life to “power down” from the constant push forward. I can blog, journal, think, or do none of these. Okay, I blogged. And it will be okay if I accomplish little else. I am sitting in a Starbucks and resetting.
Genesis 2:2-3 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
It would seem if it were good enough for God, it is good enough for me as well.