“Then God…rested from all his work.” Genesis 2:3
If I had a dime for every time someone responded to my job description (stay at home mom) with,”Oh, that must be nice to not have to work”, well, I could take the cash and run away to a small island where I could ACTUALLY not have to work.
Confession time? Being in retail (a retail manager, nonetheless) was cake. I’m a bit of an organizational freak, so the paperwork was easy; I’m a tad OCD when it comes to cleanliness, so the cleaning was easy; and I’m a closet reality show lover, so the wack-a-doos that stepped into my store were just my own personal 3D reality series. But, it WAS work, so what did I do when I got a day off? I just wanted to relax. Maybe I might want to go to the store because food was needed or what not, but I had just spent the day on my feet, dealing with the outside world, and now all I wanted was to lounge around.
Its odd how changing careers can change you.
Ever since becoming a stay at home mom, I’ve constantly been on the move. Maybe I’m trying to prove to myself that SAHMs AREN’T lazy; maybe I’m trying desperately NOT to become a cliche; maybe the years of working away from home have programmed me to not sit around; or maybe I’ve acquired some sort of sick mental disorder in which my brain thinks its wrong to take time for myself. Whatever it is, even 30 minutes of PLANNED mindless TV doesn’t happen- at least not continuously. Every commercial break, I get up and do something; and if I can’t get it done during that time, I press pause. (Thank God for the DVR!)
Its hard for me to remember that its not a crime to take time for myself. After all, God did. He worked and worked for 6 days straight, but once it was all done, I’m pretty sure he didn’t fidget or jump up in a panic at the thought that the angels were going to call him lazy. His day off was well deserved. After all, people who work over 6 hours in a shift in this country -BY LAW- are given 1 10 minute break and 1 30 minute lunch. If they work over 8, they get another 10 minute break. The only reason I feel weird is because I’m taking my breaks at home.
God gave Himself a time out, though. He got what He needed to get done, done, and then took a breather. As God, He had a million things on His plate, but He took the time to set the example that -when your work is done- you should take the time to rest.
The world will keep on spinning.