The following is a poem I wrote during my most recent trip to The Abbey of The Genesee with my friend Jack Burris. I first stayed at The Abbey 10 yrs. ago while on Sabbatical following the death of my parents and I have stayed many times since. It is a sacred space for me with many memories that have been etched into my soul.
“Taking Time to Rest & Reset” by Pastor Randy
Happy Friday! Today’s blog is simply an assignment for you to complete over the weekend… Rest in the Lord.
In Mark 1:35 it says that “Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.”
If you’re like most people you have had a busy week filled with ups and downs, quotas and deadlines, work and play, etc. and you are entering into the weekend a bit drained. That’s just how Jesus felt after ministering to people, healing them, casting our demons, and so forth and so he got up early, went to a solitary place, and spent time with His Father.
Now the purpose of this was two-fold: (1) to get away from the noise and constant demands so that he could recharge physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and (2) to get still enough to be able to Hear His Father and understand what he should do next.
Friends, if it’s necessary for Jesus then you had better believe that it’s necessary for us so take some time over the weekend to go where you can be alone with The Lord for a little while and simply spend time talking, and more important listening, to Him. Allow Him to refresh you and give you direction so that you spend the next week living purposely for Him and not just spinning your wheels hoping that you are doing the right things.
Go to The Shepherd and He will give you rest.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.” (Psalms 23:1-3 NLT)