To those of you who don't know me very well, I can be a bit, um, high strung. I like to be efficient. I like to get things done. I have a hard time taking a break.
Yesterday, though, I gave myself a day off. Actually, it was a morning to mid-afternoon off, but still, I'll take what I can give myself.
I started with my normal quiet time. I got dressed for my run. Eleven miles later (I'm back in training for the January half-marathon) I was enjoying a hot shower, my belly full of warm bagel smothered in cream cheese and strawberry jam. I got dressed, nixed the makeup, and ran a brush through my hair. And then, I did the unthinkable.
I got back in bed.
You see, I don't just lie down in the middle of the day. I may sometimes look longingly at my bed as I pass by it on the way to the study, but I never stop, unless it's to make it. But today, back into bed I fell, my muscles tired and weary. The open windows let a cool breeze waft in. I pulled up the covers. I opened my book. I read until it was finished. When a "to-do" thought popped in, I dismissed it. When the email dinged on my phone, I didn't rush to check it. When my Words with Friends dinged, I played (because that's relaxing, right?).
The book ended and I picked up my sketch pad. Remember that sabbath calling? Somehow, it seemed to go out the window because I thought having a daily quiet time replaced it. But no. I remembered what God had told me my sabbath was about -- doing something that had no real purpose, that was for pure pleasure, pure fun. So, I picked up my pencils. I grabbed my sketch book that had been gathering dust for a few weeks and I drew. For fun. I ignored mistakes. I didn't sigh in frustration. I let my mind wander. I let my doodles float across the page. I didn't over-think the significance of my drawing (because, you know, I have a bad habit of doing that). I think I actually smiled while I sketched. Joy. Peace. Quiet. Sabbath in my bed. In the middle of the day. A slice of heaven for the weary.
Here's my drawing -- imperfections and no explanations!
I'm linking up with Home Sanctuary, Studio JRU, and Caffeinated Randomness today. See you over there!