We often think of summer vacation as our opportunity to find adventure. We’re on a break from the routine of the school year and it’s natural to crave non-stop fun! But, what if summer is also meant to be a season of resting and recharging?
From August or September until May or June, your schedule is full of all things school related: classes, practices, homework and studying. Even on the weekends, we bet your schedule allows little time for rest. By the time summer vacation rolls around, you’re probably exhausted and looking forward to time off. But then… the summer activities start to stack up: plans with friends, days at the pool, a yearly summer job. And, don’t forget - there’s summer swim team practice at 7 a.m. every day!
Whatever your summer schedule may look like this year, we want to challenge you to think a little differently and choose rest, even when the temptation to stay busy and plugged in all day long is strong. Let’s make the choice to recharge this summer. Not only will it truly benefit your overall well-being, but we are also called to rest by God.
When God created the Earth, what did he do on the seventh day? He rested. There are actually several other times throughout the Bible when the Lord instructs us to allow for seasons of rest, too. For example, check out this verse from Mark 6:31.
“And He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.’ (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)”
You may be wondering, “how do I actually do find rest?” It can really come in all different forms. For some, it may look like putting your phone down and making room for quiet time in your daily routine. It can look like finding a peaceful activity you enjoy like journaling or walking, and then carving out intentional time during your day to do these things. Maybe rest is found by taking a break from social media for a few days. It could even mean setting aside a few minutes each day to just breathe and pray. The way you rest is truly up to you. One thing is for sure though, true rest can always be found in Jesus, as He tells us in Matthew 11:28.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
So, friends, here’s to a summer that is actually a break. Whatever method of rest you choose, we know that taking some time to recharge this summer will be life-giving and hope-filling as you prepare to get back into the groove of school in the fall!