God Took a Break

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Genesis 2:2-3 (NIV)

In years past, my wife and I enjoyed restful summer vacations at the lake. We still go, but now that our family has grown, our time away has become more activity-filled and kid friendly. We read fewer books, spend more time water skiing, apply more sun screen to puerile skin, and bait more hooks for kids on the dock. Still, a somewhat chaotic week at the lake beats any day in the office. We enjoy getting away from the daily routine, spending focused time with family, and reflecting on the big-picture issues and our connection to our Creator.

When I think about rest and relaxation, my mind turns to the creation story where it says that after creating the universe, God rested. Would the God of the universe, the all-powerful Creator, really need rest? I doubt He was weary. Maybe it was more about enjoying what He had just made.

God’s Son also took time out for rest and relaxation. On several occasions, Scripture says Jesus went away by Himself to spend time communing with His Father. I need that kind of extended respite with my Father, too. Thankfully, vacations have always served that purpose in my life.

Will you be able to enjoy a few days away this summer? Whether it’s time at the beach, a camping trip, or a “stay-cation” at home, schedule some time to reconnect with your Maker. Read, study, pray, and reflect on your relationship with your Father in heaven. Even if your vacation is a little chaotic, a few moments with Jesus will refresh and rejuvenate your spirit.

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16 (NIV)

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