This past week I had the pleasure of spending family vacation in the Colorado Rockies. My family thoroughly enjoys visiting there – we have probably taken six vacations to the same small town west of Denver. None of us are avid outdoors people, so when we are there we relax, take the occasional hike and just spend time together. I am drawn there for a number of reasons: the slow pace; the quiet settings; the disconnecting of electronic devices; but foremost for taking in God’s awe-inspiring creation.
Like Timshel, I have taken a number of silent retreats, where one becomes quiet and separated from the busyness of the world. It was in the retreat setting that I was able to appreciate to a greater degree God’s creation: the smell of pine trees; the sound of birds early in the morning…as a way to recharge my batteries for waging the daily war.
The Artemus family is not unique in yearning for this setting. In the town of 2,000 permanent residents, there are 4,000 part-time residents, many owning homes in the $750,000 range. I wonder how many of these part-timers have an empty spot in their souls that they try to fill with trendy material possessions or whether they truly appreciate and are grateful to God for the beauty that surrounds them.
Each vacation, I bring reading material and enjoy sitting in the cool morning breeze, sipping coffee and listening to the hummingbirds zooming from plant to plant. This time I read light fare – Chesterton’s The Innocence of Fr. Brown. Next up is The Wisdom of Fr. Brown.
Before your next vacation remember to reflect on the primary reason for taking it – as we strive to become more Godlike in our actions.
And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.
So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.