LIFELINES

Find your ‘vacation’ spot for a refreshing

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 8/11/17

Vacation time is swifty passing, and old routines are demanding that their roles be restored.

Times when clocks can be ignored and schedules forgotten are coming to a close — if you have had …

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LIFELINES

Find your ‘vacation’ spot for a refreshing

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Vacation time is swifty passing, and old routines are demanding that their roles be restored.

Times when clocks can be ignored and schedules forgotten are coming to a close — if you have had the privilege to have those times. Most don’t.

That’s a shame, because rest is important to a person’s health, and even to spiritual welfare.

Why else would our loving God have given us a pattern for us to rest? He “rested” after the Creation, not because he was tired, but He “ceased from labor.”

But our bodies and our minds need a time — whenever you choose — to pull away and be refreshed. And you don’t have to feel guilty about “doing nothing.”

The Psalmist said in Psalm 23, He makes me to “lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters ... He restoreth my soul.”

Jesus himself felt the need for “getting away.” When I toured Jordan in 2001, the guide informed us that Jordan was Jesus’ “vacation” spot.

And looking through the Gospels, sure enough, there were several times when Jesus went over into Jordan to “get away.”

Usually, however, crowds followed him and he always taught them.

I remember one year when I went to a ladies retreat, hoping to get renewed in spirit.

Being a pastor’s wife, I looked forward to the “hideaway” time on the schedule, when I would have several hours to be alone with God and be “restored.”

But that wasn’t to happen.

A lady from our church sought me out and said she needed to talk with me concerning some issues she was facing. At first,

I really felt cheated, but as she confided her problems to me, the Lord gave me compassion for her, and my needs took second place.

I knew God would provide time with Him for me later. This was His plan.

I was reminded when Jesus was passing through Samaria — “He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria” (John 4:3, 4 KJV).

This was a detour for Jesus. He was going from Judea to Galilee and could have gone another way, but He chose to so through Samaria.

It was a divine appointment.

Looking back at that retreat, to me also, I realized it was a divine appointment. How blessed I was to be chosen to be the one she could talk with.

Sure, it was a “detour,” from my schedule, but both of us were recipients of God’s guidance and love. And yes, God did provide a special time later just for us to commune.

You know, our heavenly Father is really aware of our needs — whether a getaway, temporal needs or a detour to help someone else — and He supplies those needs when we trust Him.

“My Jesus knows just what I need; Oh yes, He knows just what I need. He satisfies and every need supplies; Yes, He knows just what I need.”

And aren’t you glad?

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