For the last week or so, I've been on vacation with my family. It's been a wonderful time of laughter, staying up late, talking, reading, exploring, and thoroughly enjoying each other. I am so blessed to have this sweet time. I know many cannot pick up and leave their lives for a couple weeks to unplug from the world and enjoy their God-given families.
There is something about unplugging for a while. Getting rest. Stopping the frantic pace of life and hitting the pause button. It provides much needed rest. It bonds us as a family. It physically restores. And in many, many ways, vacation does something unexpected. It makes me long to "begin again." Begin working again, begin getting back to my home church again, begin the regular everyday life in which I am privileged to live and dwell again. It makes me long to see God's awesome, powerful, redemptive hand at work in the every day normal again.
As much as I absolutely love and enjoy vacation, I think perhaps the most incredible thing to do on a daily basis is just live - live the "normal" life God has given us and watch as He redeems it. Watch as He redeems the drunken man's life from the gutter. Watch as He redeems the sinner's sorrowful soul and replaces shame with glorifying joy and peace. Watch as He saves the dying child and the drug abuser. Watch as He reaches down into commonplace, normal, often soul-achingly empty lives and fills them to the brim, full and overflowing with His redemptive power and joy. Watch as He fills lives with peace and soul-satisfying contentment in Him and His work. Watch as He redeems. Because He redeems, dear reader, oh how He redeems!
Yes, I have thoroughly enjoyed vacation. But I am looking forward to getting back to life, ministry, and beginning again to testify of the sweet work of Jesus in our common, ordinary, every day lives!