The day after.
After the work.
After the fellowship.
After the anticipation.
After the chaos.
After the clean up.
The day we wonder what comes next. What will be my next anticipation?
For much of my life, the stillness of the after, led to feelings of sadness and letdown. So much anticipation and then simple quiet.
I have found that today I sit in the stillness, and breathe with a feeling of satisfaction, not letdown. Perhaps it is age. Maybe experience, but I am learning to enjoy the simple. The simple quiet, the simple laughter, a simple tune, a simple hug from one that loves me.....it's enough.
The day after is the day without expectation, and that in itself is a simple pleasure. Today I can truly offer up a prayer of simple thanksgiving....for the craziness of the day before, for the bounty that remains, for the relationships that grow, and for the peace of a family.
The day after is a day of simple breathing and praying and loving. Tomorrow will come and with it more battles to be fought, more plans to be made, more money to be stretched and more anticipation of more days to come.
But for today....
"There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." Hebrews 4:9
We look forward to that day when it is truly the day after all, when we will be able to experience the true rest in the presence of our God.