Ministry life is busy. Very busy. It is also draining. Very draining. So, every now and then, we just need to take a couple of days and get out of town. Going away helps recharge our batteries so we can keep serving with strength.
Last week my family took a couple of days to head to Dollywood, an amusement park in Pigeon Forge. They were having their fall Gospel singing, and honestly, it’s my favorite time of the year to be at the park.
We had PERFECT weather. It was in the 60’s by mid-day and it was sunny and gorgeous. The leaves took on spectacular colors in the sun’s light. Alli and I rode several rides, but I just enjoy strolling through the park, looking at the fall arrangements and the trees, shopping in the stores, as well as hearing the Gospel groups sing. Here are some pictures of our time there:
When we came home, we got rack back into the saddle – it was like jumping onto a moving Merry-go-round. Things were already in motion and we joined in its activity. Our time away was so much fun and so beautiful that I found myself
whining wishing we could stay longer. But you know what? Those two days away really were sufficient, and they refreshed us and made us ready to keep on laboring for the Lord.
Not every day can be a Get-away Day. Most days are ministry laden, laundry folding, bed-making, meal prepping, people-helping, bread-making kind of days. They’re ordinary days, and that’s okay. They are familiar. They are comforting. They are the reason we exist. We don’t live for the get-away’s – they simply help equip us and gird us so we’ll be ready to keep serving (and we all need to make sure we make time for rest!). Dollywood was fun, but it’s not why I exist. The ordinary days? Yeah, that’s why I’m here. So then, I must put my heart to it, for God’s glory.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
I Corinthians 10:31
Have you had a get-away recently? I hope it helped you to return to your work/ministry!