I realized today our last blog was from the summer of August 2015. I guess you could say we are a bit behind on our updates. :)
After five years in the field it was awesome to go home last summer. But exhausting. Emotionally draining. Hard on us introverts.
You see, we need quiet, alone time to renew and rejuvenate. As I sit here - three days into this year's summer break - I realize we have not had that for any sustained period of time since the summer of 2014. So far I have been busy doing things I have neglected in my house, but we have no plans, no itinerary, no expectations until July 29th. And that my friends brings me great joy and relief.
God's word speaks to us in ways that sometimes are hard to understand - we need the work of the Holy Spirit and prayer to help lead us down the path we have been called to journey - but, my friends Matthew 11:28 speaks crystal clear to us right now. There is much needed rest to come and there is no shame in saying we need it.
In Psalms 127 there is a verse that we pass over frequently. Verse 1 is well-known as it talks about doing all you do for the Lord or you do it in vain - verse 3 tells us how children are blessings from God - but verse 2 is often just smushed in between.
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat - for He grants sleep to those He loves.
I could look at this verse from 100 different angles. But the idea I would like to focus on here is the fact that in rest we can trust in the Lord. The fact that those whom He loves are granted sleep shows us that sleep or rest is a blessing directly from the Lord. The Bible is clear about the sin of laziness - we are not looking at this as an either-or. However, we see that because of Adam's sin man must toil for provisions - but God still wants to bless up with sleep/rest. If we look at Matthew 6:26-32, we see that we need not want for anything - the Lord provides for us all we need. So it is ok to rest - we are blessed with rest - and, "the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders." Deuteronomy 33:12.
This summer we pray that in His rest we are refilled to pour out again. It is vital that we continually return to the well of Christ so that we can be full of Him as we journey through this world. Our prayer is that we are pouring out Christ to those we love around us - but we cannot do that empty and dried up.
As we embark on several weeks of rest, we are grateful for the blessing of rest that God has given us. We can trust that we rest in Him and He will supply all of our needs. And in that rest we wait in great anticipation for the work to come.
I encourage you to find your peace and rest in Christ as well. Allow him to bless you in this way - make room for Him in your downtime so that you may be full of Him in your work.