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Messenger Moment by Andrea

posted Jun 24, 2020, 1:56 PM by Bowmansville UMC

For the Children and Children at Heart

Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. Mark 6: 30-32

Is It Time For A Vacation?

I would venture a guess and say that we have all been on vacation before. I also know there are folks reading this that NEED a vacation NOW.

Some of the places I have gone on vacation in the past… Florida, England, Ireland, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Syracuse. I know, Syracuse doesn’t sound like a vacation spot at first because it is just a short drive down the 90 and there’s no beach. But sit tight and you’ll understand why it has been one of my favorite places to go. There are places I have on my vacation bucket list. The Grand Canyon, hiking a mountain in a state park in the midwest, San Diego California, camping in the Adirondacks. Where have YOU been on vacation and where would you like to go?  

Did you know that Jesus taught his disciples that it was important for them to take a vacation? Jesus' disciples traveled from town to town telling others about God and His love for them. They traveled every day preaching, teaching, and healing the sick. They worked so hard that they often didn't even have time to stop to eat or sleep. They became very tired.

When Jesus saw how tired they were, he said to them, "Come with me to a quiet place and get some rest." The Bible then says, "So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place." There are some things I want you to think about here.

First, Jesus said, "Come with me." When we take a vacation, we need to remember to take Jesus with us. Some people never give Jesus a thought when they go on vacation. We should include Jesus in all that we do. A vacation away from home shouldn’t be a vacation away from Jesus.

Second, the Bible says the disciples went away to a quiet place. Their main purpose was to rest and renew their strength. Some people plan a vacation that is so full of activities that when they come home, they are more tired than when they left! Remember I told you about my vacation to Syracuse? I went 4 summers in a row. I went alone. I stayed in a hotel. I read by the pool. I walked around the state fair and spent time just sitting and people watching. My phone was on silent. I didn’t have to think about work. My kids were safe and being taken care of. I had a dog sitter. It was just me, with no real plan, and no schedule. It was a few days break away from life at home and it was perfect. I always returned refreshed, relaxed, and refocused. And isn’t that what Jesus wants us to do?

I hope that you make time to go on a summer vacation. You don’t need to go far, and it doesn’t have to be for long. Just remember wherever you go you take Jesus with you, and don't forget to set aside some time for rest and relaxation while you’re away.