While traveling through the South this week, I saw this on a framed plaque, at a Thrift store, and it really hit home. It seems that each time we have the opportunity to “get away,” I feel pretty much the same way: “If ever, ever, I needed a vacation … to get away … it’s now.”
With so much going on with the business, the book, and at School … plus, those major “do-it-yourself” projects we save to do during those few Summer weeks up here … I can honestly say that, if ever, ever, I needed a vacation, to get away, it’s now.
Vacation started the way the rest of the year seems to go:
Knowing we’d have a full day of driving, I’d need to get plenty of sleep, as we’d have to leave out early.
The day before our trip, in addition to getting ready for the trip, there was business to take care of, and get to a decent stopping point on a couple of projects around the house. Sorry … no time left to mow the yard … So … I was able, finally, to get my 3 hours of sleep, drag myself out of bed at daylight, and we were able to leave at the scheduled time of 6:00 A.M.
How’d we do? Well … on our first day of travel, we drove through 10 different states …
So, when I saw the words on the plaque in that Thrift store, it reminded me of what vacation was supposed to be all about. But, then, I realized that it’s not about “vacation” at all. It’s about every day of our lives … especially days when we are not on vacation … how God gives us moments, and the opportunity for moments, every day … part of the blessings, and opportunities, He gives to us each day.
I know that, often, such time doesn’t seem to exist. And, often, it doesn’t … that is why we have to “make” time. So, I pray that I, and we, will “make time” to “take time” each day to realize just what we have, and what He has given to each of us.
The plaque didn’t have an author listed, and the Scripture verse at the end is, as the rest, exactly as written:
Take time to think-
It is the source of power
Take time to read-
It is the foundation of wisdom
Take time to play-
It is the secret of staying young
Take time to be quiet-
It is the opportunity to seek God
Take time to be aware-
It is the opportunity to help others
Take time to love and be loved-
It is God’s greatest gift
Take time to laugh-
It is the music of the soul
Take time to be friendly-
It is the road to Happiness
Take time to dream-
It is what the future is made of
Take time to pray-
It is the greatest power on earth
“There is a time for everything …”