When was your last vacation? When was the last time you “got away from it all,” even for a short period of time? Do you make a habit of taking time away from your regular responsibilities so that you can be refreshed and renewed?
Tara and I spent last week in Indianapolis making improvements to our house – mostly kitchen upgrades and yard work, although we hired a local contractor to work on other parts of the house for us. This was a new experience for me; I’ve never done a kitchen remodel project before. But I learned a lot, and thankfully we completed the project before we came back north – except for a small drip in the kitchen sink’s plumbing. (Don’t worry; we’re getting that fixed by a skilled friend soon.)
That’s what I did on my vacation. Some vacation, huh?! Honestly, though, it was refreshing for me to work on this project with my father and my father-in-law. You might think that we came home exhausted from the work, and to some extent that is true. But truthfully I took that week as an opportunity to relax my mind and my spirit, to enjoy the manual labor, and to see a dream take shape before my eyes.
How important it is for us to find rest for our souls in the Lord! Our lives can be full of pain and hardship; some of us know that more clearly than others. Yet God asks us to rest in him in all circumstances. He invites us to trust his ability to strengthen us for the tasks to which he calls us. He promises to walk alongside us and to provide meaning and hope in the situations which we feel are most meaningless and hopeless.
Psalm 90, the only psalm attributed to Moses, speaks about how the Lord is our dwelling place and is so powerful, just, and righteous that we cannot stand before him in our own strength. This psalm concludes with these words:
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:14-17 NIV)
When was your last vacation? Have you recently stepped away from the daily grind and asked God to bless the work of your hands?
Why not do that right now?