Have you ever noticed how everything seems to slow down when the school year begins to wrap up? I’m not even in school nor do I have children, but I can feel the atmosphere of restlessness and anticipation for summer vacation. The temperature is rising and our body is slowing down. Lazy days of summer are here and it’s time to redeem all of that vacation time!
Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:” We have entered a time of rest and relaxation; a time when we can rejuvenate our bodies physically with some down time around the pool, on the road with family, or on the couch for a quiet afternoon.
Our body is not the only thing that needs a time of refreshment. Our soul seeks the Lord and works within us daily leading us on the path the Lord has chosen for us. To keep up the pace, we spend time in the Word of God refilling ourselves with His truth, yet we may find ourselves running on spiritual empty over the summer when our guard is down and our routine Bible study is on hiatus. This is something we have to be prepared to handle.
In Psalm 63:1, David writes of how his soul thirsts for God and longs for him as in a dry and weary land. Just as we stock up on bottled water and sunblock for all of those fun hours in the sun, we need to make sure we keep our soul hydrated routinely and anoint it with the oil of prayer and time in the Word of God.
When prepping for vacation this summer, don’t forget to prep the soul! Throw in a devotional book, inspirational novel, or a daily reading of the Word along with the other essentials. Jesus says that “whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). Now that's refreshing!