“And He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’ For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.” -Mark 6:21
What a blessed moment in time rest is! We have been in need of rest with our travel schedule. In less than 3 months, Joel has been in 22 states, and we’ve traveled nearly 11,000 miles. We’ve had either speaking appointments or other obligations nearly every weekend during that time too. Somehow, God has been giving us the strength to continue. Yet somehow strength to continue is not the same as rest for the soul. We’ve been running to-and-fro, wherever God has brought us. And this week He brought us repose.
We rescheduled our plans from being in Ohio last weekend because we were so tired. We went back to the peace and quiet of western New York, where we were able to recharge a little. Then early Friday morning, we caught our flight to Spokane, WA where we’re getting ready to help with a giant free medical clinic, then attend the ASI convention immediately afterwards.
Yesterday, Sabbath, we had no responsibilities for about the first time in 3 months. We could go wherever He sent us. We decided which church to go to, had an awesome Sabbath school talk (I may write about it later, if I ever get the time again), were invited over to a beautiful home with very friendly hosts, then went for a walk along the river, just enjoying nature and each other’s company with a picnic in a park.
More than what we did, though, the Spirit of God was in our hearts. He filled us with that “Wonderful Peace, coming down from the Father above.” What a blessed feeling, what joy! to feel and know that you are walking with God. I live for those moments. The little blessings He adds as we walk along the way, the way we decide together what to do, not for efficiency, but for joy. True joy. The tangible presence of God.
We didn’t even have to ask for it! God knew our needs, and He has satisfied our every desire.
Praise the Lord!