Earthly tastes, senses, and passions provide a picture of the ultimate redemption of all things. To desire heaven is not to desire earth less; it is to desire earth so deeply that it draws our heart to an anticipation of ecstasy in the light of God’s embrace. Dan Allender
How’s your summer going? Have you had a chance to take some time off, get a way, and take a vacation? Maybe you haven’t left town for somewhere exotic but have been able to spend some time by the pool. Here in Atlanta, we’re more than half-way through our local School system’s 2017 summer break. It’s flown by this year!
If you have school age children, the arrival of summer can be an extra special relief after a frantic spring sports season, the stress of exams, tests, and an end of semester packed school calendar. But then again, if you have kids, it makes vacations quite different! When our kids were very young, I can remember lamenting to Heather that vacations didn’t feel like vacations anymore!
But even if you don’t have kids or if they have left the nest, the summer brings a welcome change of pace and the possibility of meeting a need that has built up slowly but firmly over the prior year. “I need a vacation!“ is often behind the longing for summer. The latent memory of childhood sun-kissed leisure, rest, and freedom still remains. And we long for it. We hope in it.
Vacations are good. We need them. We were not made to work incessantly. This Sunday and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions, we’ll look at Psalm 16 and consider how important it is to enjoy things like vacations. It’s good, helpful, and restorative when we take time to open our eyes, breath in our surroundings, and just marvel at what God has gifted us.
Psalm 16 also points out and warns us that we can and do turn good things into idols and idols always disappoint. We’ll consider how we can put too much hope and significance into our vacation “experiences.”
So take some time with Psalm 16 this week as you prepare for corporate worship this Sunday.
Yours in his mercy and grace,