I’m heading into vacation week. Since I worked straight through the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years holidays, I’ve been looking forward to getting some time to rest and recharge with my family. Fittingly though, I was reminded this morning that even the best moments of vacation week will just be making mudpies compared with what’s offered us in the Lord:
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” CS Lewis, The Weight of Glory
So whether we work or rest, create or recreate, what’s offered to us isn’t in the activities themselves. It’s in the one who makes space for them, and fills them with good things. The things are good, but the joy is not found in them. The joy is in the Lord. Let us find it there.