The Bank Holiday weekend is here yet again! If you have been following my drift, then you would’ve got the message that ‘holiday’ means a time to down tools, stop the routine, take a break, chillout…rest. Just in case you didn’t get a chance at the beginning of the month well, here is another bank holiday. Some people choose to take a short trip or vacation. Others use the time to walk in the country, catch up with family and friends, visit garden centres. What are you going to do? Stress yourself? Not good. Keep the machine running on normal mode? Not good. The bible requires for us to rest as it is important for our spiritual walk with the Lord, and many Christians today don’t appreciate the value of rest. I urge you to take time to rest, relax and enjoy the the best that God has given us in our world.
How did you spend the last bank holiday? Were you shopping, washing, decorating and all the rest? Yes, you got a lot done and were very productive. So, what is it about your busyness? Are you going to take the opportunity to stop? The banks do some good for a change, they close, shut down and stop on the bank holiday. It’s good for their business. Chill out, and let your hair down too! R & R (Rest & Relaxation) are important for us physically and for our souls. Jesus knows how much we are in need of rest and tells us in Mathew 11:28 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.” So, plan and prepare to take it nice and easy this bank holiday and see how refreshed you will be in mind, body and soul for life’s next chapter!
May is the only month in the UK where we have two bank holidays. At the beginning of the month and at the end. Traditionally, on these days, the banks closed and no business was transacted. The bank holiday was a timely reminder that normal business can wait for a day. It was a time to stop, rest and play. It gives us an opportunity to recover, recharge and review our lives. In our world today, the bank holiday seems to be a "get up and go" occasion, where the diy unenthusiasts reluctantly hit the diy stores and the shopaholics head for the retail parks to shop for items that are not needed and cannot afford. Do not be tempted by this false notion of rest. Rest is important to your spiritual and physical walk with the Lord but today, many of us as Christians don’t appreciate the value of rest. Jesus says in Mathews gospel chapter 11 verses 28 to 30 ""Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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." Take time out this bank holiday to sit at his feet instead of the foot of a ladder or in the shoe shop and let Him restore your soul…
Have you heard of the saying "Where your treasure is there your heart will be also"? We have many interpretations of this. Some say it’s means where you put your focus and attention and investment: Money? People? Position? Possessions? Our love of money will draw us to money and the same goes for our love for people, position and possessions. Jesus teaches us not to "store up treasures for ourselves on earth"…because they won’t last. By nature treasure is something that lasts and lasts. The Psalmist says "Even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God (Psalm 90:1-2) He surely is our greatest treasure!
What’s missing in our society? What causes us to look back in History and reminisce, or look forward hoping for a better tomorrow for our societies? Why is there so much discontentment and dissatisfaction in our societies? What do we need to get a grasp for things to become clearer and for us to have a lasting and sure hope? Listen carefully, because there is a sound and a murmuring going on among the people of the community.This what they are saying…"The Greatest Treasure Is Found! Jesus, The Christ.
Ironing, cooking, cleaning, clothing, schooling, feeding, talking, screaming, directing, organising, helping, encouraging, crying, seeing, understanding, working, teaching, hurting, nurturing, counselling, sacrificing, leading, buying, driving, motivating, battling, praying, believing, baking, driving, winning, trusting, shopping, caring, trying,loving, dying…The worth of a mother is so great that whilst Jesus hung on the cross, he said to His disciple whom he loved in John’s Gospel chapter 19 verse 27 "Behold, your mother!" And from that moment, the disciple took her to his own home. Celebrate your mother in more ways than one.
Aaah! Last weekend brought with it a much welcomed taste of spring sunshine and cheer to the nation. All of God’s creation seemed to awaken to the blue skies and the warm and penetrating rays of the Sun. This really did remind me of a mother’s love for her child. The picture I had is of a child awakening and his or her eyes beholding the warm rays of his or her mother – like that of the sun – radiating a message to that child. A message of love, care and hope. This message comes from God who is love and cares and is not just our hope, but the hope for the World…"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life…" (John 3:16). Let us be grateful for what our mothers give to us even when they are silent. Here is your mother!