During the summer season, vacations abound. Many are finding much needed rest in very scenic locations. Many of my friends on Facebook have been posting pictures of beaches, mountains, ships, and lakes giving a glimpse into what people like to do as they desire to find rest and retreat from the stress of everyday life. No doubt, vacations (or days of rest) are needed times to rejuvenate us for this quick paced, high stressed world. But simply getting away and changing the environment is not the only key to finding the strength we need.
The Psalmist looks to the mountains, in chapter 121, and begins to contemplate where his strength comes from. Does it come from the mountains? No. He realizes that as great as the mountains are, His strength ultimately comes from God. His relationship with God is the most important part of gaining strength for the challenges that face his life. After all, God is the one who made not only the mountains, but also everything in the heavens and everything on the earth. If God is strong enough to create all things, isn’t he able to give you strength to live life? Certainly!
Vacations and days off are an important part of gaining strength and refocusing on the challenges of life. But don’t leave God out of the equation. If you want to truly find rest…let God join you in your rest. You will find that strength will abound with the Creator along!