Webster defines vacation as a period spent away from home and work in rest and recreation. I’m quite sure that if I were to dissect the word and read the fine print, it also includes “letting go, not worrying, and focusing on the positive things in life.” I left for vacation on Friday morning. I had visions of forgetting what was in Kentucky and never turning back—until I had to. For the people who know me best, it would come as no surprise that for the first three days of my vacation, the only thing I did do was worry…and think…and analyze. These things I was allowing to rob me of quality vacation time were in essence things I have no control over anyway. I didn’t recognize my foolishness until a friend said to me, “Karen, you are on vacation…go enjoy it.”
So, this is my fourth day of vacation and I have a new spirit this morning. I woke up and looked around me and realized that I am surrounded by things that are the total opposite of Kentucky. Sand, dolphins, oceans, jellyfish, lighthouses, pelicans, shrimp boats, shells, and harbors. These are the things that I can’t overlook…the things that I can’t take back home with me…the things I will long for when time moves me back to my regular routine.
I haven’t thought too much about home today and I’m thinking that it’s really rather nice to visit another of God’s awesome creations for a week. I believe I’m pretty lucky to have seen a family of dolphins making their way across the ocean this morning. I loved the experience of walking on the beach barefoot and feeling the coarse, wet sand squish between my toes. I was entranced as I observed how the sunlight danced upon the foamy water. Nothing quite compares to saying, “Goodnight” to the world with this staring back at me.
I’ve managed to do the right thing and enjoy my vacation. After all, God did have a plan when he put the ocean in place…from the beginning of time: “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” –Genesis 1:2 It certainly is a respite from the ordinary, mundane life that I feel I lead most of the time. Vacation has been a wake-up call for me and probably mirrors Dorothy’s amazement when she woke up in Munchkinland. Most definitely, I have a feeling that I’m not in Kentucky anymore.