This past week was a much needed time to stop and take a break. From hiking Carlsbad Caverns to skiing at the mountain in Santa Fe, I wore my adventure hat with pride. Several times I stopped and thought, “Wow! I am not worried about this thing or that project. I am just enjoying the view.” The situations that take the majority of my focus were, for a brief time, not even a thought. All that mattered was right in front of me.
Rest is a good thing because it helps to gather fresh perspectives on issues that add stress to the regular world. We can get so caught up in the mundane that we forget to raise a white flag and take a step back. Our attention to rest is as important as our attention to getting our work done. When we are refreshed, we are at our best. We must remember to stop and drink life-giving water in the wilderness.
Today, I am grateful for my friend Rev. Roland McGregor, who did an amazing job filling in for me while I was away. Knowing that he would lead worship helped alleviate any worry or anxiety. He is a wonderful pastor and friend. I think him for being an unofficial mentor in my life.
And so, we are rested and face our journey towards the cross. Easter is on the horizon, and we remember that before we get to the resurrection, we must cross the wilderness and ultimately experience the cross. Praise be to God that our journey will end with the hope that transformation brings to us. We continue to walk along the path, knowing that we will struggle, but we eventually will be made whole.