“Staycation” by Rev. Sam B. Kim
August is a popular month for vacation. Maybe not this year.
Because of the pandemic and the physical constraints and concerns that come with it, many of us have opted for a “staycation” – staying home and finding leisure activities around where we live.
Scripture doesn’t say much about vacation, and even less about our modern concept of staycation. It does, however, say a whole lot about Sabbath. God has designed us for work and rest. We have been given the gift of Sabbath, a regular rhythm of vacating ourselves from work and devoting ourselves to God. Sabbath gives us rest and renewal.
In one passage, Jesus makes the following invitation: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
I appreciate Jesus’s words because he doesn’t invite us to a particular location to find rest. We don’t have to take a flight to a dreamy destination. We aren’t asked to gather in person at a church or temple. Jesus’s invitation is to be with him. This is something we can do from where ever we are.
Maybe you’re tired or worn out from all that has happened this year. Perhaps this is the year you could really use a vacation.
Jesus invites us to walk with him and learn the unforced rhythms of grace. By keeping company with him, through prayer, silence, study, service or fellowship, Jesus offers us Sabbath rest.
This year, especially this year, a staycation with Christ may give us the rest and renewal we really need.