Lazy Days of Summer

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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 Hes watching (Psalm 33:14), Hes counting every tear weve cried (Psalm 56:8) and Hes making the crooked roads straight (Luke 3:5). Hes working all things together for our good (Romans 8:28) even if the things that have happened arent so good.

Lazy Days of Summer

We, however, while created in Gods 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? By 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. (Genesis 2:2-3)

Im really good at the work part. No idle hands here. Im 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, Im usually on the move. (I just want to make sure weve had every adventure possible to get our moneys 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 Im working on it.

The kind of rest I really need can only come from the One who tells me to seek it. Gods 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 isnt a sign of laziness but a sign that were following Gods commands and building our faith in the process? Shocking, I know, but Im willing to test the waters and see what happens.

Lazy Days of SummerDwell, rest, abide; theyre all verbs that require us to do nothing. Why not join me? This summer Im planning on some lazy days. Im going to let the dust protect the furniture a little longer, and Im 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 Ill be ready.

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