If you are anything like me you spend most of the year looking forward to a vacation. Sometimes that time is time away, at the beach, in the mountains, camping at the lake. Sometimes vacation is visiting family and friends and renewing those ties that bind. On other occasions our time is exploring landmarks, or museums, or simply taking in a new place or a novel experience. Today, in a staycation gives us space and a new perspective. Yes, we human beings enjoy both the planning and the experience of a vacation. But you know what? Most everyone I speak with, after being away, they tell you how much they enjoyed themselves, but then most will say, “But it was so good coming home and sleeping in my own bed.”
You and I, we love the novel, the exciting, the fresh new experiences but we also so love settling back into the familiar.
Our scripture tells us “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.”
Much of our lives are filled with doing and working and checking off tasks on our lists. We have ample ways to fill our days. Each day, whether that be of new experiences or a day of ordinary tasks, we come and long to rest our heads, to find rest and renewal. There is nothing like that feeling of resting in hope, in the familiar, in coming home.
Our God is that place of hope, of renewal, of rest, of coming home. No matter the experiences of our life, no matter the hills we encounter, no matter the valleys we walk, our God is forever there welcoming us home.
My prayer is that you find such divine rest and contentment in our God of such grace and love.
The Rev. Sarah Nelson