I had a few minutes to spare while the kids were at VBS (Vacation Bible School), so I headed to the beach for a quick run on the sand.
There are two stretches of beach lining the coast where I live. Before the pier, the sand is populated with vacationers and beach dwellers. As I ran, I had to carefully watch where I was going. I didn’t want to charge into a kid building sandcastles or smash into a man grilling hot dogs.
I ran barefoot, so I had to stay aware of where I placed my feet. There were bottle caps, broken glass and other manmade objects littering the beach. The run on this side of the beach caused me to stay focused on my surroundings and the people around me.
Once I passed the pier, however, I felt like I had instantly entered into my own uncharted oasis. This beach was free of people and debris. Large pelicans rested on the beach. I could run without looking down, and every time I stepped, I felt the soft sand under my feet.
No noise, no litter, no distraction. As I ran, I focused on God and the beauty of His creation. I almost wanted to never run on the other beach again, but I realized that I had parked my car over on the other side. I had to go through chaos to get to the peace of God.
God will do just that in our spiritual lives. He will “park” some area of our lives in the center of human interaction. Whether it be our family, career, ministry, etc., we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus to this world. We cannot stay isolated in our own uncharted oasis all the time.
Just like Jesus, though, we can slip away when the noise of this world gets too much and seek solace with God; but once we get rest and refreshed, God will send us out into the world to show His love to His children. We can be attentive to when the Holy Spirit leading us into His work or into His rest.
Questions: Is God calling you into a time of rest? Have you slipped away to spend time with God? Where has God planted His work in your life?
“But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray” (Luke 5.16 NASB).
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