Over the last few weeks I have spent most of my time decompressing. I read some, cleaned and organized alot and gardened. I still had some bits of work to do, but I didn't let that interfere with spending time with friends and family. My parents came in town and we spent a great half week driving around central Kentucky and seeing a bunch of horse related stuff. Mom and Dad even got to see the horses run at Churchhill Downs. It was great to see them really enjoy themselves.
I cleaned alot. Some of you know that I have the habit of really cluttering up space. Being a pack rat runs in my genes, and I have started to combat that this year. My shop is now set up alot better for projects and I am working on getting a few things taken care of.
I have also been gardening. This is a fairly new passion, but I think it is really important for people to take food into their own hands. Last year I had a few plants, and helped out my buddy Justin in his "big" garden. This year I maximaized the space that I had at my house, and I have 3 separate beds as well as a cackle of plants in pots. I am starting to have a few tomatoes come in, so it really gratifiying.
Meredith and I are also having to say goodbye. 2 sets of friends and their children are leaving this week. When you live in a transisent society like seminary, goodbyes are inevitable. It is sad to see Jason, Hannah, Margot and Eloise as well as Adam, Dru and Israel leave, but I know they are getting on with life.
So my few weeks of laying low are over, but I feel that I did alot. When I think of rest now, I think more in terms of biblical rest, like in Hebrews 4. Rest is something that is done in reaction to something, not just being lazy. Even in rest though, we are still participating in the glory and glorification of God.