Today I found one of Laura's quotes in a book by Dan L. White. This quote reminds me of my last blog post, which talked about the little vacations a caregiver needs to weave into each day in order to avoid mental and emotional weariness:
"We can take a wonderful vacation in spirit, even though we are obliged to stay at home, if we will only drop our burdens from our minds for awhile. But no amount of travel will give us rest and recreation if we carry our work and worries with us." Laura Ingalls Wilder, quoted in Dan L. White's Laura Ingalls' Friends Remember Her: Memories from Laura's Ozarks HomeDuring my devotion time it is difficult for me to drop my burdens for even a little while. I know this grieves the Lord's heart. Just think of a loving Father, standing with arms outstretched, ready to carry His child's heavy load. But the little child ignores her father and stubbornly clings to the idea that she's the one who has the responsibility to carry her own burdens.
I'm thinking today of the "vacation in spirit," as Laura calls it, that we need to take every day through prayer, praise, and Scripture. Sometimes I feel that my devotion time is one more thing to be checked off my "to do" list. Thinking of this time with the Lord as a mini-vacation might just help me to partake more fully of the refreshment that's available when we sit at His feet.
Scripture: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).