“[Jesus] said to them,
‘Come with me privately to an isolated place and rest a while’ … .”
“Rest represents a break from physical labor and worldly striving. It provides a time for mental and spiritual restoration. In the midst of the sufferings and struggles of existence, people may long for rest. Rest requires a safe place ….” (Joshua Joel Spoelstra, “Rest,” ed. Douglas Mangum et al., Lexham Theological Wordbook, Lexham Bible Reference Series (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2014).
We gravitate to this Army Corp campground on Lake Texoma each year as we travel south. This time we will intentionally take time off for mental, physical, and spiritual restoration. While overseas, we were allowed three months of rest for each year we were there. We recently realized that we’ve only taken off about three months for rest in the past three years. It is time!
Jesus said to those who would follow Him “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). We are not physically tired, but we feel we need to mentally and spiritually refresh ourselves.
We will take the next three months off. We will spend a month in and near Clear Lake (Lake Lavon) in Princeton, TX. Then we will work our way north to spend two months in ID with our son, his family, and Katie’s sisters. During this time, we will seek His leading for where to go and serve. 🤠🤗