This Week’s Key Verses: Luke 9:47-48 (NIV) “Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”
Steve, the kids and I are getting ready to leave for vacation. We are spending the next couple of days packing and cleaning. I don’t know why but I always feel this need to leave the house spotless when we go away for an extended time. I guess I want any would be robbers to be impressed with my housekeeping skills.
We put so much hope into vacation. We ask so much of two weeks—peace, quiet, rest, fun, lots of laughs, no stress, and definitely no family fighting. We require everyone to get along, to be nice, to always smile, and to please not ask too much of your parents during this time. So many expectations. It’s no wonder Steve and I typically pull out of the driveway completely stressed while the kids are fighting over who gets a window seat and who has to be squished in the middle. And, this year, we’re throwing two dogs into the mix. We’re crazy.
Over the last couple of years I have written quite a bit about rest, about what is real rest. The Scriptures have a lot to say about it. God begins the entire story of us with rest. After He worked to create, He rested.
So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation. (Genesis 2: 1-3)
Physical rest is vital to our bodies and souls. Sabbath is a holy and sacred time but physical rest is not Sabbath without true inner rest. We must teach our spirits to commune with the Spirit of God so we can enter into this deep place of peace. I think we do this by putting our trust in Christ and knowing, in our truest selves, that we have all we need and our striving will only produce anxiety and angst. The very opposite of what we are searching for.
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. (Psalm 23)
I’m praying and hopeful that this year we will have a true vacation. A vacation from striving and ungodly expectations. That our hopes will be in Christ and that Sabbath rest will be ours.
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