Beginning with Rest

Today is a delightfully rainy day. The perfect day to lie in bed and rest after a rough night of fighting jet lag and mosquitos. Thus begins the next chapter of my life.

I have a long to-do list that I am currently working my way through. It is full of the kind of mundane tasks that tend to intimidate me and that I tend to put off.  Opening and closing bank accounts, buying household items, getting health insurance, designing and printing business cards.  But as I make my way through this list, I am reminded of the importance of rest.

I used to feel guilty for resting, for not being “productive,” but now I realize that good things start from that place of rest. The place of receiving, observing, pondering, and enjoying.

So I’m letting my body take its time re-adjusting to this time zone. I’m taking my time getting everything in order. Today, I’m letting myself enjoy this rainy afternoon knowing that tomorrow I’ll get down to business: join a gym, get my phone fixed, buy a new clothes rack, open a new bank account. Those things will get done soon (if not tomorrow), so right now I simply listen to the rain and appreciate the beauty of all the blessings in my life.

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Elizabeth holds to simple faith in a complex world. She values the beauty of the everyday and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is currently pursuing her MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary, so when she isn't busy writing academic papers, she is usually out enjoying the LA sunshine. She is constantly learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

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