This is the time of the year when everything slows down as here in South Africa we have our long summer holidays.It is the time to unpack the hammock, hook it into the tree and relax with a book or fall asleep in the cool shade with the sound of birds around me.
Sounds and looks idyllic doesn’t it? But alas I have a traffic jam in my brain!!!
The moment I settle down to rest the thought traffic and accompanying noise starts.
There are the irritating sounds of minibus taxis ( the biggest menace on South Africa’s Roads ) . These are the thoughts about all the unfinished chores in the house, that messy cupboard, the shirt without buttons, the unfinished ironing, and the weeds in the garden that needs to be attended to.
Then comes the motorcycles with their irritating vroom vroom sound shouting , the kids are coming for the holidays, you have to bake cookies and prepare meals get up and start!
The big trucks are next . The sound of their brakes on a slope and the deep sounding horn of thoughts about my seriously ill mother and all that concerns her causes me to cringe and duck lest the truck strikes me and catches me unawares.
All these thoughts become a big snarl in my mind and I feel as if I am stuck in a traffic jam with no robot to control and regulate the thought traffic on the road of my life. No rest for my mind. When I fall asleep, I wake with a start and the thought traffic is there again. I fear I will find myself in a big crash soon.
Yes yes, I know I have to quiet and empty my mind of these thoughts in order to rest and recharge batteries for the new year which will surely have its own challenges, but how?
As always when in a crisis I turn to the Lord and call out to him together with the psalmist.
Psalm 42: 5
Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God!
Psalm 62: 1 and 2
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken
Now bring on the thought traffic! I will rest in Him and enjoy the peace and quiet in my hammock.
What about you?