My kids are tired. Wait – that is not a strong enough way to explain this…. My kids are beyond exhausted, utterly drained of all energy, with heads spinning in delirium!!
I have this image of my 2-year-old as we left a late fireworks show on the 4th of July. My husband pulled her in our little red wagon along a bumpy, gravel road; she was completely exhausted and had absolutely no control over her body, which bounced around in the wagon like a little bobble-head toy. She was out cold the instant we had her strapped in the car seat. (Which meant I had the opportunity to carry a sleeping child from the car directly to her bed – which I think may be one of my favorite things to do as a parent!)
I’m sure many parents can relate. It’s been a busy holiday weekend – which I think we somehow managed to turn into a busy “holiday” 2 weeks. My kids’ cousins were in town – so these 4 little kids (ages 2-7) had to make the most of this special time together. Plus we had to do all the traditional 4th of July events – parade, baseball game, fireworks show – we’ve done it all. And it was really fun – the kids and adults alike were happy, content. But now it is Sunday night – and we are TIRED!
My husband and I discussed how we were ready to get back to our routine. There is something oddly comforting in our everyday, hum-drum lives. Yet when we are deep in those routines, we yearn for fun trips, vacations and time with family. It is a cycle that continues throughout the year. We’ll step back into our routine on Monday morning, and within a couple days we will start planning and dreaming about the next fun and exciting thing we’ll do. It is almost as if we can never be satisfied with the now.
But we are told to rejoice each and every day:
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
I read somewhere recently – “Gratitude enables us to perceive God more clearly.” Instead of striving for a predictable, safe lifestyle; instead of working to control our life circumstances, we remember that God is in control. And through this awareness, we seek to know God in a bigger way.
So we thank God. We rejoice for the blessings we have and the love God gives – each and every day. On those wonderful, yet exhausting days of family fun, we give thanks for the gift of family; for fun and laughter, hugs and tearful good-byes. We give thanks for the means with which to enjoy our earthly life, and a country where we have the freedom to do so.
And on those days of routine, when we go to work and school, we give thanks for a job, schools to teach our children and a home to live in (even if that means it needs to be cleaned and the fridge somehow needs to stay filled).
God is present; God is with us. Every day. Let us rejoice and be glad!!