“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.”  Psalm 62:1

Not so long ago, families with children always took a vacation in summer.  Now families go on trips almost any time of year, but educators still have to go in the summer.  Maybe that is why summer is my favorite season.  

Why is a vacation such a precious thing?  A vacation means a break from routine.  A vacation often means leaving responsibilities physically behind.  A vacation may mean a change of scenery.  A vacation often means rest.  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to go on vacation any time you felt the need?  Wouldn’t life be wonderful if you could drop everything and just tap into the rest you crave?

King David said, “. . . my soul finds rest in God.”  David’s life was pretty stressful.  He faced everything from fighting off lions attacking his sheep, to life as a fugitive from angry King Saul, to hand-to-hand fighting with Israel’s enemies, to running away from his own rebellious family.  In the Psalms, however, we sometimes see David’s greatest stress coming not from the problems everyone could see, but rather from the guilt that no one else could see.

Guilt is a stressful thing, even if you don’t know you are guilty.  In Acts 3, Peter preached a sermon to people who had no idea they had been responsible for the death of the Son of God.  Peter said they had acted in ignorance.  Ignorant or not, they were still guilty.  His encouragement to them was, “Repent then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19

We are all guilty of sins each and every day.  Our old selves cannot stop sinning!  But thanks be to God!  Jesus took away our guilt on the cross.  By faith in Jesus, God has given us new selves, new selves that love and live to serve and obey God.  My soul finds the rest of peace in sins forgiven in Jesus.  In God’s freely given love and salvation in Jesus, every day is a vacation, a time of refreshing.

Prayer: Lord, help me to find the rest I need in you alone.  Amen.

Deb Bakken
Minnesota Valley Circuit