Looking Up and Out

There is a rhythm to the flow of life when one works in a church.  There are times when the schedule seems to slow down a little bit, and there is a brief moment of rest.  Unfortunately, summer is not one of those times.  There are camps, and programs, and meetings, and programs, and…the list seems to continue.  Summer is probably one of the busiest times in the life of a church.  There is no rest for the weary.

When I come to these times of extreme business, it is very easy to feel overwhelmed and completely out of control.  I find myself longing to take a moment and rejuvenate.  The problem is in finding the time.  That is where the problem lies.  Where is the time to stop and rest?

When I begin to feel overwhelmed and stressed out, I must remember to take time to allow the Spirit of God to speak into my life.  I must be still and know that God is indeed the designer of my soul.  That is easier said than done, but it has to happen.  Otherwise, I am sailing like a lost ship, never to land at a safe harbor.  No matter what is going on, I must build in time to be committed to no one.

So, in the busiest of seasons, there must be times of rest, times of relaxation.  That is the only way that I can survive.  I must know that even for a few minutes there is time enough for me to simply be still.  I need to remember that I am hard wired for rest after a busy summer day.  How else can I reclaim my strength?

My hope for today is that I can remember that life must have built in times to retreat.  I must fall into the arms of the Father and believe that in my rest, I will know that the Almighty is who He claims to be.  I will honor the Divine, by taking time to include a time of rejuvenation.  Praise be to God, who gives us victory.

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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