My week days are filled with fall festival volunteer time slots and scheduled dinners with friends. My weekends are filled with birthday parties, holiday gatherings and baby showers. I remember being a kid in school, counting down the days until summer, when life seemed to pause - if only for a few months, it was enough. No responsibilities, no bills, no plans. Just time. Now even my summers are jam-packed.
What I'm learning is that no matter how hard I try to slow down time, I can't. The more I try to make time for this or that, the more stressed out I get because the days never last long enough to do everything on my mental task list.
You know it's bad when set a reminder to "call your friend Kara" in my Google calendar just so I remember to do it on my way home from work.
I truly believe that this upcoming season, despite all of the holidays that accompany it, should be a time of rest and peace. Sure, my plans for the holidays include grocery shopping, gift wrapping, cooking, cleaning and event planning. But I'm going to stop trying to make time, and instead, just enjoy it. Whatever I don't finish today will still be there tomorrow.
God has given us this season to rejoice in His story. Fall is a time to celebrate God's incalculable power, for He knows how many leaves fall from the trees. He designed each and every one of them. Thanksgiving not only symbolizes our ancestors' gratitude for their harvest and new home, but also gives us another excuse to let our hair down, hug somebody and tell them how they make our life sweeter. And what better time to rest than at Christmas? It's cold, icy and everyone's baking something in the kitchen.
God wants us to crawl up in His lap and rest in his arms. His peace is all around us - we just have to embrace the season.