…for sickness? Yes, it’s here! Flu shots at every pharmacy, hand sanitizer on every desk, and tissue in every purse.
Sickness is never fun, especially in a dorm. When I’m sick, I want to be in the privacy of my own home and left alone. In a dorm, there just isn’t that luxury.
A few weeks ago, I walked into these signs on the doors of our hall bathroom:
I’m not a germ phob at all, so these signs mainly caused me to laugh. Yet, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the poor girl up all night with sickness. Of course, this happened at one of the busiest times of the semester. I’m sure she had to cancel all her plans to take time to rest.
I experienced something similar over Thanksgiving break. Thankfully, I was at my grandma’s house instead of the dorm. I was able to lay on a bathroom floor without fear of someone walking in and I knew the floor had been cleaned that week. The people that greeted me were familiar and loving. My sister brought me gingerale and saltines, and my grandmother asked questions while feeling my forehead. Though I felt awful, I was comforted by the amenities of a familiar place.
I hardly ever get sick, but the first day of this break I think my body had enough. I needed to rest. I am a horrible rester. I’m not sure I even know how to rest. I normally run around all day until I’m so tired it’s time for bed. If I’m watching a movie, it’s hard for me to even sit there without a project or task. When I pray through the Ten Commandments, I always get to the Sabbath and pray faster…knowing God will convict me in this area. I need to rest.
Isn’t that what Jesus calls us to do? Yes, we are to “work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” but I think we often forget the last part of that verse in our workaholic, task-oriented society (Colossians 3:23 ESV). During this season, we are often caught up working to please men with our elaborate gifts, Christmas parties, extra work hours, baked goods, service projects, and more (in the case of a student, we are also caught up in the ridiculousness of finals, projects, and getting ready to go home). I believe that the Lord wants us to celebrate, which may include all the things I listed. Yet, I also believe the Lord wants us to take time to rest, trusting that we can be obedient with our time and He will meet our needs.
Christians seem to be the most frazzled during this season when we should be the most joyful and content. In the hustle and bustle of this season I hope to remember the true purpose of it: to rest knowing that our Savior has come and we can place our hope in Him, not our own works.