I live my life by way of my calendar — from meeting to meeting, from appointment to appointment — and my to-do list, feeling productive only when the day ends with more checked than unchecked boxes. I use more “productivity” apps on my iPhone than enough, and am consistently embodying my “Type A” personality. At times, I am too much for myself. I become busy with all things important to me. I get tired. I sometimes get overwhelmed.
Earlier this week, I believe I was probably becoming too much for SH too. Her email was the first thing that I saw in my inbox one morning, simply and lovingly advising me “…to take a mental break. Draw some inspiration. Rest.”
When Jesus recognized how busy and tired His disciples, turned apostles were, He extended an invitation to them, saying “Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31) That’s a personal invitation that stands open and available to us each and every day! Jesus desires to be a vacation…He is offering Himself as our place of relaxation and restoration.
I am realizing that because He has given us the gift of free will, we must deliberately accept His invitation to rest in Him. Per His request in Matthew 11:28, we must choose to go to Him when we are weary and feel burdened. And, just in case we remain sketchy on whether or not it is acceptable to take a break from our pursuit of being the best, most hard-working servant, disciple, spouse, parent, friend and co-worker, He’s made it a point to reassure us that it is His intention to be with us while He gives us His good gift of rest: “…”My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14)
It is apparent that God has given vacations, with Him, His stamp of approval! This rest is a well-deserved gift. Since I discovered that something I really needed and really wanted was being given away for free, I am first in line for it. In my ‘moment’ this week, I proclaimed “Jesus be a vacation”!
I am thankful that SH told me to fall back and rest. I am even more thankful for Jesus’ invitation to give over my burdens and find that restful vacation in Him. I was ready for it. I trusted in it. I received it. I am back, refreshed and renewed!
From what, do you need to trust in Jesus to be your vacation?