I stay home on Mondays.
I don't remember the day I made this decision but it was a while ago and it's become one of my sweetest rhythms. It's a rhythm that has proven so good, so right, so what I need - that it's stuck.
I can count on one finger the times I've left my house on a Monday in the last year. I stay away from appointments, shopping, and anything that resembles needing my immediate attention. I remain with my kids just doing homey things because I need it. I need a reset.
On this Monday morning, I reflected on the week ahead and realized all I wanted was to go down on the back part of our 14 acres where the stream runs free and sit outside for as long as I could. Just me and God alone with the birds and the trees. My goal was to pick a place to plop down, enjoy quiet solitude, take in beautiful words, and just breathe in the sounds and sights of whatever nature brought up beside me.
I had an opportunity and took it. I looked, I listened, I felt, I rested. I read for thirty minutes. That's how it happened. Thirty glorious minutes doing what my body and soul needed.
A mother duck led her fifteen babies right in front of me gliding gracefully through the water leaving quiet ripples behind them. The ducklings followed her. They were learning her ways as she left her mark on the water. And when she dipped down, they instinctively followed her. Awestruck at the sight of them, I sat with my mouth open completely drawn in. It's beautiful how they learn what to do. After several seconds she came up as each small head bobbed up behind her, one right after the other. They repeated this exercise three times without a flicker of hesitation.
She was teaching them how to find food - what they need to thrive. The spiritual story swam in motion around me reminding me, helping me see. "Learn from Me," echoed like a whisper across the water. My heart connected and wanted to swim in after following Jesus just like these babies followed their mother. No hesitation. Just pure instinct knowing this is what they were made for. What I'm made for.
I stay home on Monday's and sometimes watch ducks and meet Jesus again.