Michelle and I have just gotten back from a much needed vacation. She and I went with some very good friends of ours to Boston for a long weekend. This is the first non-working vacation we have taken in over 5 years. Yes, we do get to travel to many different, very cool places, but usually we are working. Typically someone hires us to come and lead the music for an event, or church service, or we are on our way to a gig somewhere and happen to stop for a little fun or sight-seeing on the way. This time however, no guitars, no music books, no sound systems made the trip. It was AWESOME! We were able to just relax and be tourists, not worrying about what time we had to be back to get ready for the gig or plan the next set, we just enjoyed hanging out in a new town and saw everything there was to see!
It really hit me when we came home that we can get so caught up in planning and doing and going and working and planning and doing and going and working, that we forget to take time to rest and let God refresh us and renew our spirit. It doesn't have to be a trip somewhere or even an extended period of time, it can be just a few hours each week. I am learning that I need to make time to rest in God. If I don't, then I will get caught up in whatever the next project is and forget all about it. Then when I do make that time I don't need to fill it with watching T.V. or playing on Facebook or other things that would distract me from resting in God. (Not that there is anything wrong with T.V. or Facebook, but if I am truly trying to find my peace and rest in Christ then I should be focused on Him.)
Just a few thoughts...I hope you find true rest in Christ this weekend. Take some time and unplug, just for a bit and let God renew your passion and love for Him.
AuthorJustin Graves