This holiday has already been a year in the planning and 2 years in the saving of funds.
Reference: Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. (Psalm 62:5 NIV)
Explore: We’re currently planning a trip to Queensland. This holiday has already been a year in the planning and 2 years in the saving of funds.
The reason it’s so special is because really it’s a holiday for our foster boys. They’ve never been out of the state and we finally got their mother’s permission to take them.
We will be staying near the beach and attending lots of theme parks.
The other day, after telling someone of our plans, they said to me, “That will be a good rest for you.” I couldn’t help but laugh.
My boys wake up early every morning. As soon as they are awake they are full of energy until they fall into bed at night. Taking them to all the theme parks and keeping them entertained all day is not what I would call restful.
Sure, it should be a whole heap of fun, but I’m not expecting to come home relaxed and refreshed!
Application: Some holidays are built for adventure, others are designed for rest. Part of me would love a restful holiday, but I think we’re still a decade off that with our family!
But no matter how restful a holiday may be, it usually only takes a couple of days back at work to lose that feeling of refreshment. Our holidays are too few and far between for us to rely on them for all our rest.
Here’s where I appreciate the wisdom of the psalmist. He reminds us not to find rest in holidays, massages or tranquil settings. No, we can find true rest in God.
This means we don’t have to wait for our next holiday period, we don’t have to save up money, and we don’t even need to move somewhere with a better climate. We can access God in any place at any time.
Prayer: Lord, give me rest. When my world feels like it’s going crazy, may I find true rest in You. Amen.
Are you in need of rest?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.