It was our 15th wedding anniversary and we were blessed with a trip to Maui. My husband has been in sales for most of his career and he seemed to often win grand trips around our major anniversaries.
We prepared for Maui. We packed and shopped for what we needed. We arranged babysitters. We booked and then boarded the plane for the long trip ahead.
We got to our hotel and the view was absolutely breathtaking. We were actually upgraded to a suite. We headed down to the pool and the sandy beach and that’s when I started tapping my fingers. Hmmm. How long will we just lie here? … (Deep breath in, deep breath out)… What is there to do on this island? Are there shops? Are there shows? Are there tours? What historic places can I visit? It took me 3 days to finally wind down enough to just simply be able to sit and relax and take it all in.
We did rent a car and explore the island.
We did go snorkeling. Well, Bill snorkeled while I swam to the boat to watch. I prefer to see fish from a boat and not face to face. When someone shouted that there was a monk seal and everyone and their brother swam toward the seal, I swam toward the boat.
Maui is beautiful, but it’s also one of the quiet islands.
You don’t find the hype in Maui that you might find on the other islands.
Harriet Tubman once said, “I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more if they had known they were slaves.”
We live in a culture that is always fast paced and on the go. I too have lived that way.
(Remember it took me 3 days to begin to relax)
I would even say that at times I’ve been a slave to busyness.
There is always something that I can do or “need” to do. I’ve been able to dream up and imagine so many projects for my home, my yard, my family. My mind is constantly creating. There is always a way to improve something or better enjoy something. At least that is how I see it.
When was the last time you had rest? Rest meaning more than a withdrawal from labor or exertion.
When was the last time you set aside time to be tranquil, serene, at peace? We all need this kind of rest and God Himself demonstrated this for us.
I encourage you in this busy world, that doesn’t even realize it’s a slave to constant busyness, to make time to be at peace and rest.
“By the seventh day God completed His work that He had done, and he rested…”