This past weekend Alex, Cohen and I escaped to the cabin for a few days. It turned out to be the most beautiful day on Saturday, the sun shining hot, the lake glassy calm. Cohen must’ve felt it too because he slept and slept and slept. Two hour naps in the morning and afternoon and sleeping in til past 7am!!! (This is a miracle considering he’d been waking up at 5:30am for a few weeks previous.) We wore comfy clothes, read books and watched birds out the front window.
As I walked around the yard during one of Cohen’s LONG naps, I was one again blown away by the creativity and provision of God. The detailed work of creation always jolts my heart back into fierce love with Him, and the worries and pressures of everyday life fade into the background.
“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.
27-29“Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30-33“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”
As we head into this summer season, there will be opportunity for time away, time to either vacate, or rest. There is a difference. Often we use our time off to “check out” or “vacate” our daily lives, our problems and stresses.
But true rest comes from stepping AWAY from the buzz of life and stepping TOWARDS the heart of God. Let’s not just check out of life and come home from our break feeling even more exhausted. Let’s use this time to look for the glory and beauty of God, and allow him to bring true rest and restoration to our souls.