Soul-rest comes from time with God

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Enjoy the journey by redeeming the time”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “My soul finds rest in God alone …” Psalm 62:1 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “Soul-rest comes from time with God”
 
There are different ways of redeeming the time in order to truly get the most out of this journey through life. Much of life consists of involvement in meaningful activities, but that should be followed by times of play and celebration, and also with times of relaxation and deep rest (soul-rest). We need a healthy balance.
 
The Lord brought that truth home to me this morning in a powerful way by reminding me of something that happened a few years ago. It involved my daughter Tracy and the time I spent with her every summer as part of my vacation. The specific reason I was thinking about her this morning is because I’m currently on vacation, but Tracy is now in heaven.
 
For many years, my summer vacation always included a trip to Southern California to have special father/daughter time with Tracy. She was mentally and physically disabled and needed a lot of special care and attention. On our vacation we would do things like go to the zoo and to movies, we would go shopping and to restaurants. Although my time with Tracy was very special to me, it was also labor-intensive.
 
On that last trip, after several days of constant activities and providing a high level of care for Tracy, my flight home was also delayed and I didn’t get home to Tennessee until 3:30 in the morning. I was exhausted. It was good time. Special time. Time well-spent. Time that was appropriately redeemed. But also draining.
 
Then came the time for relaxation and soul-rest. After getting some sleep I got up, grabbed a cup of coffee, and sat out on the porch. There was a gentle breeze blowing, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, I had nothing to do and nowhere to go. After days of airports, rental cars, and caring for Tracy, now it was just me and God, along with the cool breeze, the singing birds, and the coffee. There was a deep sense of relaxation and peace. I just sat there in the stillness and enjoyed a great sense of God’s presence. 
 
When we allow ourselves times of true Sabbath-rest; when our schedule is free and we can therefore just sit with the Lord as long as we please; it creates a bubble in time when we can relax and enjoy God. There are no pressing concerns, there are no distractions, it’s simply you and God, the soft breeze, the singing birds, the shining sun, and coffee. 
 
Psalm 62:1 was very real for me that morning. My soul found peace and rest in God. I hope that’s sometimes true for you too. I encourage you to be intentional about carving out those relaxed, unhurried, peaceful times with God. This is how our soul rests.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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