How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Were you ever asked by a teacher to write a paper in September with the theme, “How I Spent My Summer Vacation?” I remember reading my story in front of class. It was an opportunity for the teacher to see how we could write and time for us to brag about our summer adventures.
We often fill our summers so that when the summer is over, we have great stories to tell. Sometimes we plan summers so full of adventure that we forget vacations are for relaxation; a time to pause and take a deep breath from our routine; a time for Sabbath.
We don’t have to wait for summer vacation to experience a pause, a spiritual Sabbath for the refreshment for our soul. Adding time to pause into our rhythm of life allows us the opportunity for God to refresh and renew our souls. Jesus had such a rhythm in his life. Jesus regularly broke away to spend time with God. Jesus knew the importance of time in solitude with Abba, so that he would be more attentive and in tune with what God had planned for him, to fulfill his purpose. His schedule was full, but he ALWAYS paused for alone time with his Abba.
So how can you build a time to pause, reflect, refresh and renew your soul? I can tell you from experience, it won’t happen by chance. You need to be intentional and plan for it. It can be a full day away, a change in routine to spend in God’s Word; reflecting, listening and in prayer. You may not have a day, but you might pause for hour to sit, turn off all electronics and waste a little time with Abba. Maybe even be five minutes to walk outside and focus on Jesus. It is not the amount of time, it is to focus that makes this time so impactful.
So, how did you spend your summer vacation? If you filled with your summer so full that you need a vacation from your summer pace, if there was little time to pause and spend time in solitude, it is not too late. Maybe for Summer it is…but there is always Fall. Fall into solitude and pause to be with Jesus, abide in Him and he will draw you nearer to Him. What a great new story you will have to tell.”