Sunday, May 9, 2010

Rest

Now, after a long spring of writing papers, listening to lectures, and driving for hours on I-96 every week, I am a graduated graduate student.

This morning I made cranberry-almond baked oatmeal and cinnamon-spiked Love Buzz coffee, completed my Beth Moore study for the day, and read the next chunk of Eugene Peterson’s The Jesus Way attentively enough to thoughtfully contemplate what I read. After church I shared a thought-provoking lunchtime conversation with Nicole and now I am in Lemonjello’s, reading my book and writing.

This is rest. And it is wonderful!

I am beginning the job search, and hope to work through that process diligently and faithfully. But today, in this particular moment, I am most grateful for the chance to be still, to stay in the same place for a few days, to gather up my hopes and recent experiences and spend some good time sorting through them, trying to hold them steady in my hands.

4 comments:

ellen said...

congratulations on graduating!!! i don't know if you went to your ceremony or not but i thought about you all day yesterday. i hope it feels all worth it now that you are done! and your day sounds like the most absolutely perfect day in the world!!!!

EB said...

you blogged! great job! :)

Natalie said...

Laura,

Congratulations! I'm so glad you have a period of rest!! You certainly need it after all the commuting you've been doing!

Was also curious... what Beth Moore study? Are you in one with other women or readying the book for yourself?

Laura said...

Natalie, I'm doing the Believing God study with one good friend. We have pretty much crawled through it, but we meet for coffee occasionally to talk about the homework and swap the CDs. :) Have you done it?