“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
It’s almost Summer and I’m sure we’re collectively contemplating camps, chores, trips and boredom. My house is a mixture of what are we going to do to fill the days and the fear that it will end too soon. Our schedule is looking busy! I want to challenge myself to relax (a little) during what should also be a time to recharge.
Let’s look at what God says about rest. When we accept Sabbath, we begin to experience the joy of simply “being” and are freed from the burden of constant “doing.” Through God’s good gift of Sabbath, we’re invited to rest and draw nourishment. Our rest can be a simple rhythm of activity mixed with intentional times of slowing down to be still and contemplate our God. Even Jesus went alone to rest and pray during his ministry on Earth.
I am not sure why it is that some of us feel guilty if we are not perfect all the time. It’s important to realize that not everything needs to be done—at least not done right now. It may be more important to sit back and watch your child dig in the dirt, or go outdoors at sunset and watch the greatness of our God who is as faithful to us as the dependability of the seasons.
Thank you for the time of refreshment and anticipation of Summer break so that we may be renewed in body and spirit. I pray that you would be with us as we spend time away from our school routine and take time to reflect. Let our months away be filled with fun and fellowship. Bless us to overflow with your joy and contentment. Watch over our journey as we travel and protect us from all difficulties and dangers. Help us to rest in you and return refreshed.
In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Roberta Smith, Faith and Family Coordinator