Vacation – from Merriam-Webster.com
Main Entry: va·ca·tion
1 : a respite or a time of respite from something
2 a : a scheduled period during which activity (as of a court or school) is suspended b : a period of exemption from work granted to an employee
3 : a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation
4 : an act or an instance of vacating
1. We took a resprite from the grind.
2. School was out for the summer, and I had accrued 40 hours of time off from work.
3. We went 350 miles from home, to Myrtle Beach, SC, to be exact.
4. We vacated the area.
Well, we used every verse of the official definition. I would like to add a few lines though, at least what I want from a vacation anyway. I am sure my wife and my kids would have very different ideas.
5 : a time to refocus
6 : a period of relaxation
7 : a time for family and friends to re-create
8 : a time of solitude and listening for the whispers from the Father
5. Refocus. That is a verb isn’t? That means I have to do something. I certainly had some free time. Did I refocus? I tried. I will say that things are a little less fuzzy, but still not in focus.
6. I did relax a little. There is just something about sitting in the sun, with your bare feet in the sand, and looking out over the surf that is relaxing beyond measure. Its almost impossible to concentrate on any single thought or idea for very long. Sweet nothingness.
7. I failed at this one too. No take that back, it wasn’t a total failure. We enjoyed the trip as a family and with good friends. We got to know one another a little better, we laughed, we fellowshipped and we played. But we did not make the close re-create connections I had hoped for. Maybe that was my fault, maybe not. I was also hoping to reconnect with my sister who only lives 30 minutes away from where we were staying. However, because of her crazy business and work schedule, and our pre-planned schedule of activities, we could not make it work out.
8. Solitude? Yeah right! Remember we were in Myrtle Beach, SC. During senior week no less. There were about 20 people in our group of family and friends. Just in our condo there was my wife and myself, my 4 teenagers, and 3 of their teen friends. I still need a couple of days with just myself, my Bible, and my laptop. I did listen for the voice of God. I am pretty sure I heard him in the surf. He’s not really happy with my life, our country, and how we taking care of his creation. We all have a lot of work to do!
All in all we had a pretty awesome vacation. We had safe travel, no one got sick or injured, we ate well(too well), we played hard, and we enjoyed ourselves. It feels good to be home, but I think a new home is in our future. Tomorrow we jump back in to “life”.
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