One evening, while sitting on the couch, I leaned over and squeezed my beloved's hand.
As he glanced my way, I told him, "I like the in betweens."
He smiled back.
"The in betweens?" he asked.
"Yes, the times when we aren't doing anything but being with each other. The times where we aren't busy or doing something exciting... the in betweens."
It is so easy to get caught up in the doing of life that we forget the being. Our calendars are filled with events, meetings, school plays, sports, weddings, birthday parties and church. So often we wait until we are too tired to do anything else before taking the time to let God speak to our soul. Life gets so loud that we no longer hear the heart whispers of our Creator or those we love. We cram our lives so full that there is very little time for the "in betweens."
Last week, we returned from a very busy vacation full of family time, amusement parks and catching up with friends. We had a fantastic time with full plans every day. We met characters, rode our favorite attractions and ate some of our favorite food.
This week has been spent getting back in the groove. The bustle of activity has left little time for rest, but we're catching up. Finally, on Sunday, after spending the morning celebrating Mother's Day, we just sat on the couch, watching our shows, drinking tea and just being quiet.
The stillness was nice.
In the Disney movie "UP!," Mr. Fredrickson and Russell are in the rain forest after riding in a house lifted by thousands of colorful balloons. Listing the simple things the young boy had done with his father before he left, Russell says: "That might sound boring, but I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember the most."
Me, too, Russell.
It is so easy to get caught up in the doing of life that we forget the being.