Taking a Break- M. Laycock

We’ve had two young men and my mother-in-law staying
with us for the past week. We’re running a soccer Bible camp, hence the young
men, and it was my mother-in-law’s 89th birthday, hence her visit. It’s turned
out to be a fun time. We have three daughters, all grown and away, so having
some guys around has been great, even if they do eat a bit more. Well, okay, a
lot more. “Grandma” has been teaching them to play dominoes so
there’s lots of laughter happening around the kitchen table.

I’m on the run, doing registration, being the
“go-fer,” making meals, cookies, doing laundry, etc. etc. etc. I
don’t mind it at all, but trying to get to my computer for some extended
writing time has been a challenge. I was getting rather stressed about that
when I remembered something that happened a while ago in the parking lot of a
local bookstore. 

My husband and I were heading for our car when I heard my name
being called and looked back to see one of my favourite writers, a mentor and
friend for some years, Sigmund Brouwer. I was pleased to bump into him because
I’d sent him an email some time before about speaking at a writers’ event and
he hadn’t replied. When I mentioned it he explained that when he’s writing he
doesn’t do email. After chatting for a while we went our separate ways and I
commented to my husband, “I wonder what would happen if I ignored my email
for that long?”  

“The world would stop spinning and fall of its
axis,” he said. His sardonic reply made me grin and it gave me some much-needed perspective. Having just gone through a whole year during
which I could neither do much writing nor involve myself in most of the other
endeavours in which I usually engage, I have come to realize that I’m not
totally indispensible and a break in routine doesn’t necessarily mean disaster.
The world didn’t stop spinning. Life did go on even if I had to take a break
from some things. And the slower rhythm of life gave me time to ponder and
listen and sometimes just enjoy.
So, with this
week getting more and more busy I gave myself permission to take a break from
the writing regimen I’d set out for myself to finish my latest w.i.p. The pause
will throw the schedule off a bit, but it won’t stop the world from spinning.
As soon as I made that decision the week immediately became less stressful and
a lot more fun. It reminded me of one of my favourite verses from The Message
my Eugene Peterson – 
“I’ll show you how to take a real rest. 
Walk with me and
work with me – watch how I do it. 
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. 
I won’t
lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn
to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11: 28-30)
“The
unforced rhythms of grace.” Words to ponder, words to build into our
lives, as we take the time to “keep company” with the Lord, draw closer
to those around us and closer to the interior workings of our thoughts and
emotions, motives and dreams.
How about you?
Is it time to give yourself permission to take a break? 
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Marcia Lee Laycock writes from central Alberta
Canada where she is a pastor’s wife and mother of three adult daughters. She
was the winner of The Best New Canadian Christian Author Award for her novel,
One Smooth Stone and also has two devotional books in print. Her work has been
endorsed by Sigmund Brouwer, Janette Oke, Phil Callaway and Mark Buchanan. Marcia’s
second novel, A Tumbled Stone has just been released. Abundant Rain, an ebook
devotional for writers can be downloaded here.
Visit Marcia’s website