Rest is in Sight

Not too far off in the wilderness, I can see a place to stop and rest.  I just take one step in front of the other knowing respite is just that much closer.  Now is not the time to fall or give up, for that will only delay the joy of what lies ahead of me.  I have to “keep on keepin’ on!”

We are created with a need for Sabbath; a chance to recharge and gain a fresh perspective on life.  To say that we don’t have time to stop is to deny a working part of who we are it’s most basic of functions; to observe the Sabbath and to keep it holy.  God ordained a special day to reprogram and delight in reconnecting to Him, to the earth and to each other. There is an urgency, a necessity in a sacred time, set apart from the other days.

When exploring what the Divine has to say about the Sabbath, one is reminded that it is not a day to simply be idle and do nothing, although there are times that we must be still. We are to keep the day holy, which means set apart.  One that is more about connection and reconnection than it is about being lazy and detached.

And so we journey forward in the wilderness, anxious to embrace the holiness that is just within our grasp.  My hope is that we enjoy our time of rest and that we are purposeful in a time of spiritual reflection.  Let us move towards the oasis that is found in the wilderness to restore us to the spark that ignites our souls.  And may we come to see that, even in the desert, we can observe beauty.

My respite begins with my continued patience and perseverance.  I must continue to move towards it.  It will not come to me.  My path leads me to the beauty of a sacred moment.

Praise be to God, who continues to guide us and take us through the rough terrain and into holy places where we may rest.  May your journey lead us onward and upward, confident that we are the body of Jesus the Christ.

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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