Have you ever said this? I need a break? Sometimes life gets so overwhelming we just need a break, don’t we. That’s what vacations are all about, taking time to get away from work and rest. By the way, that’s what I’m doing right now. It’s been 9 crazy, packed, long months since we’ve taken a vacation and boy did we need it. We didn’t travel far and we’re not doing anything crazy, we’re just enjoying the solitude on a quiet lake, just Walt and I, reconnecting and planning our next phase in life.
Wanting to take a break is a normal thing. Even God took a break after He created the heavens and the earth, the sea, all the creatures etc, He rested on the 7th day. That is one of the reason we rest on the Sabbath because working 7 days in a row was not how God made us. But there are some things you should never take a break from and that is, filling yourself with the Word of God and building the Kingdom of God. You see, when you make Jesus Lord of your life, you will always be in His service and available for Him to use you wherever you are and whatever you do. Even on vacation, I stay attentive, looking for opportunities to share encouragement or minister in anyway the Holy Spirit leads me.
I heard about a father who left his wife and children because he was tired of all the responsibility. SERIOUSLY! You gave up that right when you planted your seed in that woman. It takes a real man to deny his feelings and stay to make a difference. To be a servant-hearted leader of his home, taking his family to church and being a leader there as well. You gave up the ‘self’ card when you made a covenant before God, your family and friends and made your vows to stay until death. The reason you grow weary in your duty is because you haven’t filled yourself up by reading the Word and praying in the Holy Spirit. If you don’t eat for a long time, your body gets weak and hungry. When you don’t feed your spirit, you become susceptible to moments of weakness where you give into all sorts of crazy ideas the devil throws at you.
Learn to discern right times to ‘take a break’ from your labor. Galatians 6:9 Amp, “And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” Farmers don’t take vacations during harvest time. They don’t take vacations during sowing season either. There are times when you just cannot afford to take a break because there is too much at stake. It’s harvest time in the Kingdom so take your place in the field and let’s link arms and strengthen one another. Don’t sit at home resting, causing others to do double duty because you’re tired. Fortify yourself in the Spirit and get back to doing what God has called you to do.
Father, thank you for my season of rest and relaxation. During that time, help me to call upon You for wisdom, strength and direction for what’s coming next. I’m in this race to win, not faint at the halfway mark. You have called and chosen me, so help me to be faithful so I won’t fall out and not finish. I give you glory for all you are accomplishing in and through me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.