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Come and Rest Awhile 7/21/2013
Mark 6:31 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.

Summer time is an enjoyable time as during this period of the year not only is the weather sunny and warm, but also there are gatherings such as the annual church convention, family vacations, family reunions, youth camps,picnics, etc. For it is during this time of the year that many of us are able to take a break from our busy routineof the rest of the year so that we would not become tired and worn out, but would have a time of rest and refreshment.

Jesus himself addressed even this aspect of our lives in the Holy Scriptures. Following their report to Him of their recent mission trip, Jesus counseled the disciples to join himself in a desert place, away from the crowd of people. Likewise we must heed the same invitation as we all need time away from our regular responsibilities and duties of life, certainly on a daily basis as well as periodically during the year.

Tradition tells us that as the Apostle John was nearing the end of his life, and as he observed a servant of the Lord who was continually involved in some aspect of ministry to the Lord, the aged Apostle remarked to a
bystander, “The bow that is continually bent will soon break.”

Abiding in the presence of the Lord in a quiet place allows us to not only rest, but also we are given the opportunity to hear his voice, apart from the many voices which are vying for us to hear them, voices that may
not necessarily edify and strengthen us. As we unwind and our minds become clearer and refreshed after months of continual labor and responsibility, we will discover that we are able to function in a more directed and efficient manner.

As we rest a while during the summer season, may we meditate and reflect upon the goodness of the Lord toward us as we continue to run the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, "who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:2

God bless you

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 21 Jul 2013 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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