Have you ever heard anyone after Christmas say, "I'm so glad Christmas is over and things can get back to normal"? I wonder how many of us have had that thought, even if we did not say it out loud.
I also wonder, after a very busy April in the life of the church (setting up and taking down for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Easter; all of the Holy Week Services; the Regional Assembly; and all our regular monthly events), how many of us are thinking that May will see things settle down and "get back to normal"?
In an Easter devotion, Valerie Isenhower wrote, "We recognize the good news on Easter, but then Monday morning comes. We forget to open our hearts to the presence of Christ walking with us each day. Let's remember the Easter celebration and allow our hearts to burn with the presence of the risen Christ in our lives."
We know even Jesus took "breaks" from the crowds to rest, pray alone, and to "recharge his batteries", but I do not recall those breaks ever being lengthy vacations. After accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our lives are never "normal" again! Even after needed breaks, we should always be striving to grow in our relationship with God, looking for ways to serve God and others, and always sharing the love and Good News of Jesus Christ.