What is important during a vacation? Is it going to be a time of excitement or a time of rest?
First I couldn’t think of a vacation ever being mentioned in the Bible. Then I thought of the man in Deuteronomy 24:5 who, as a newly married, was free to stay at home for a whole year. (Yep, 12 months. Pretty interesting, eh? I will get back to that in another post.) Then I’ve found quite a few verses on withdrawing from busy life to have rest. Here are two of them, found in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Here is what Matthew 11:28 says
Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (ESV)
Another example about Jesus telling the people to rest is found in Mark 6:31-32
And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. (ESV)
God’s Word mentions hard labor as a part of life. However, from the very first pages and onwards the Bible also talks about men working on six days and resting on the seventh. There is a time for everything: a time to work and a time when we must rest. So we should ask ourselves: Where do we find it and how can we get it?
The world looks at the time of recreation very differently. It will tell you that you are the master of your own life. You have worked very hard all year long, they say, that you deserve a fancy vacation. So there you go, searching for that perfect spot on earth to visit, booking the best deal you get and then, finally, traveling to get there. The question remains, though, will you truly find rest while you are on that vacation? Or will you while you are at it be showered by overstimulation?
Let’s get back to our question: Going on vacation — what for? Are we going to find true rest or are we booking ourselves into a world of great adventures?
Coming up on Friday: my packing list for the holidays