If you had three consecutive weeks of vacation off from work what would you do? That was the question I was asking myself as I had three weeks off of work in September. Having three weeks in a row of vacation is something that I had not done in my life. I thought three weeks was a long time! I found out it is not long at all.
I had a great time finishing projects at home. I finished building steps to the back entrance to our house, replaced window sills and finished the tree house for the grandkids.
It felt good to accomplish long over due projects but where was the rest and relaxation?! It was not going to happen staying in Goshen.
Then came a week in Anna Maria Island in Florida. It was fun for Joyce and me to get away from all the family and work responsibilities. For one week we were privileged to be on the island and spend uninterrupted time with each other and with God. I felt like God gave me direction spiritually, emotionally and physically for the next five years. I have some goals that I want to work on with education, skills, home improvements and physical exercise. It will be interesting to see how God moves, and I want to be in step with him.
One of the coolest experiences I had in Florida was meeting other families from Indiana. We stayed in a condo with other families in full-time ministry. We connected and had so much fun with other families from Indiana that we have planned a reunion in October. Each day families would get together at the pool, talk and tell stories. What fun! To top it all off you will not believe this. Having the last name of Dreier, I used to get teased and people would call me "Wetter". In Florida I met Pastor Wetter from St. Louis. Does God have a sense of humor or what? That was amazing! I just had to stop and think that God loves us so much he just wants us to stop and laugh at times. It was a God moment for me. A time to laugh and I did.
Sometime I am going to take another three week vacation. If you get a chance try it. Try it. You won’t regret it.