Lazy Days of Summer

Summer is just around the corner and it occurs to me that God never goes on vacation. †He never shuts down the shop of creation and goes fishing. No sleep or slumber for Him. (Psalm 121:4)† Morning, noon and night Heís watching (Psalm 33:14), Heís counting every tear weíve cried (Psalm 56:8) and Heís making the crooked roads straight (Luke 3:5). Heís working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28) even if the things that have happened arenít so good.

Lazy Days of Summer

We, however, while created in Godís image, are a people in need of rest. †God has tried to tell us this from the very, very beginning. Remember that 7th day of creation? †ďBy the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.Ē (Genesis 2:2-3)††

Iím really good at the work part. †No idle hands here. Iím just not so good at the rest part. I have a hard time getting my mind to slow down. †I know I should take a break. I do go on vacations and even then, Iím usually on the move. (I just want to make sure weíve had every adventure possible to get our moneyís worth. Is that so wrong? #dontanswer) †As summer peers around the corner, ready to make an entrance, I am reminded of the wave of parties, and picnics and festivals, oh my, that are headed my way. The FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) Struggle is real. Be still? Easier said than done but Iím working on it.

The kind of rest I really need can only come from the One who tells me to seek it. †Godís Word encourages us over and over to come to Him and find rest (Matt. 11:28), to cast our cares (1 Peter 5:7), to lay down burdens (Psalm 68:19), to renew our strength (Isaiah 40:31). †Could it be that intentionally doing nothing isnít a sign of laziness but a sign that weíre following Godís commands and building our faith in the process? Shocking, I know, but Iím willing to test the waters and see what happens.

Lazy Days of SummerDwell, rest, abide; theyíre all verbs that require us to do nothing. †Why not join me? This summer Iím planning on some lazy days. Iím going to let the dust protect the furniture a little longer, and Iím going to lie down in a lounge chair or float in one of those raft thingys with the cup holders and do absolutely nothing because I know that God is always up to something and Iíll be ready.

Do you want to take the time to relax and build†your faith, but not sure where to begin? We’d love for you to come visit us at Hope Church.†

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