Last week our school system was on spring break. We had a much anticipated vacation. Our family and my father in law went on a week long Disney cruise. It was incredible, busy, and yet relaxing. We did a lot each day, and we stopped in four different ports of call…Key West, FL
and Castaway Cay (Disney’s private island in the Caribbean/Bahamas chain).
The break was so needed. Our kids needed some time away from school, away from couches/computer screens. They played in the pools, on water slides, on beaches, and we explored shops and cities that they and we had never seen before (or likely will again). My father in law (who lives alone) was able to talk with us daily and with strangers who were eager to chit chat as well. My husband and I could lock our ipad and smart phones in the room safe. We read books, we took naps, we had movie dates (while the kids played in the kid area), and we went to the Senses spa for sauna time.
Seeing sunsets, dolphins, sailboats, other cruise chips, and fireworks from our balcony was incredible. Memories for a lifetime for sure. We will not forget this spring break. A break can be good.
However, a break can be bad too. Reality is we don’t live on a cruise ship where someone is always there to serve you food and do the dishes. There is work and homework to be done. There are chores…no cleaning staff working in this house for pay. We don’t stay up late with no reason to wake early. The break of last week has caused breaking points this week.
I’m surprised our washer and dryer can handle multiple loads of laundry for days on end. My suitcase is still not unpacked a week later. The rest of the family is checked off, but this morning we had a fiasco over our eight year old somehow having no socks to wear. We were 30 minutes off schedule, and my patience and my husband’s had reached the breaking point. Kids were growling and yelling about breakfast and clothing…adults were shouting that screens were now banned again for mornings and maybe today and tomorrow! Kids crying…adults slamming dishes around…and yet they made the bus. We all break at some point. God knows we cannot sustain our own selfish agendas.
You came as Christ and broke your body for me. Thank you. We did not deserve this act of pain, sacrifice, and grace. You love us when we are unlovable. You break because we break. In the time we reconnect to You, you restore our peace and our ability to love others again. Your love is merciful, enduring, and eternal. Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:18). Amen.