Tomorrow is YWAM Scotland Day, a day when we all gather at one base to catch up with one another, have talk about what each base is doing, and see what the year looks like for each base. Our house is hosting it this time, which I am so excited about! It runs from about 10am-4pm, and we have two fikas in that time.
What is fika? You will be so glad you asked.
According to Wikipedia, "Fika is a social institution in Sweden; it means having a break, most often a coffeebreak, with one's colleagues, friends, date, or family. The word has quite ambiguous connotations and can mean anything from taking a break from work or other activities, to going on a date. This practice of taking a break, typically with a cinnamon roll or some biscuits or cookies, or a fruit on the side, is central to Swedish life, and is regularly enjoyed even by the government. The word may in itself imply "taking a break from work."
So there you have it folks-the Swedes know how it's done. Needless to say, I have spent all day baking for this particular event. I will display the menu, recipes, and yummy pictures tomorrow-promise. :)
The format of the day will be to show people what the rhythm of our house is, and the heart behind each thing that takes place. I have been designated the speaker for the food aspect of things. This is my heart, and yet I am having trouble coming up with words.
Well, I have the words, but placing them in an orderly fashion on the outside on my brain in a comprehensive fashion is the tricky part.
I think when it comes to our breaks in the day, our overly productive, American mindset comes through and says, "What are you doing? Why are you stopping? What will you have to show for this 15 minutes?" And I think that is a brilliant question. Why do we stop? Why do we take a break in our day, when it may seem like a deterrent to our goals? Because we are a community, we are in relationship with one another, and those relationships are more important than our paper work or yard work any day. We must slow or stop, take time to enjoy some coffee and some yum treat, and most of all, enjoy each other. Connect, see how each other's day is going, have a laugh, and bask in each other's presence over food. Some of the best things that happen in life happen around a table, around the breaking of bread. Jesus broke bread and chatted about his Father, love, life lessons, and invested in the lives' of those around him, so why shouldn't we?
Anyway, random things to think about.