Space to breath….to rest from travel…a place of safety..these are the things we all long for in our lives. So how can we provide these for ourselves and for those we come in contact with as we pass through our week?
A place of sanctuary for weary travelers that provides rest and safe haven can serve an essential and impressive function. Recently, as I was visiting in Charleston I was so impressed with a sweet little bookstore that offered a place to sit down, a cup of cold drink and a place to use the bathroom. Wow! that was big to a hot and weary trourist. So it made me think how important these things are and how we can be doing God’s work as we offer a quiet place of rest for our friends to gather strength as they journey.
So whether it is for you or a friend, remember the most important elements required on a journey of any kind are more often the little things. Someone who provides a quiet, no pressure, non-judgmental atmosphere of support can be priceless… God will do the rest.
Joanna Weaver writes in her book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World:
“If we, not God, end up being their source of hope, we are setting them up for profound disappointment and ourselves for profound burnout- because we, in ourselves, are simply not up to the task of saving the world…But in Christ, we are given the power to give people what they most disparately need.” p. 96
I love the story of Jacob in the OT, as he set out on his journey to find a wife. His most remarkable moment came as he laid down to rest for the night. In this famous rest stop, God came to him in a vision showing him a ladder extending from heaven and angels ascending and descending to earth…beautiful. Listen now to Jacob as he praises God:
“Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.“ Genesis 28:16
Jesus refers to this also as he is calling his disciples to come away from the world:
“ I tell you the truth you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man“I John 1:51
I don’t know about you but that is something I sure don’t want to miss:)
The Psalmist also writes praises to God:
“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.” Psalm 84:5
So wherever you may be on your journey with God, don’t forget to stop and rest from time to time and just let God speak to your heart.
Be ready and eager to listen.
“As the deer paint for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” Psalm 42: 1
“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the most High dwells.”
Dear Lord, As we travel onward throughout our lives, help us to notice those who are weary, those who need a cup of kindness and gentle word or a sympathetic ear. Help us to encourage others and to help provide space in their lives to hear your voice and as always…I’ll be somewhere listening for my name.
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder
Every rung goes higher and higher
Rise, shine, give God glory
Keep on climbing, we will make it
Children do you want your freedom
Soldier of the cross.
We are climbing Jacob’s Ladder
p.s. One of my favorite CDs to relax with is Boccherini: Fandango, Sinfonie & La Musica Notturna di Madrid. Beautiful music for guitar and 4 strings that can take you to another place. I highly recommend!