Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Seventh Day


When I learned that we would take our school break outside of Korr, I initially felt like that would be cheating the missionary card. Part of me believed that I should always be doing something involved with the ministry here. Preparing for classes, hosting visitors, supporting the on-going work. But when I was honest with myself, I knew that that wasn’t possible, or even Biblical. We weren’t meant to go without stopping.

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” [Psalm 23:1-3]

So for the past three weeks, I stepped away from Korr, and rested. Rest came in various forms—from not setting my alarm for 5am to exploring new sights. From playing card games with new friends to admiring God’s handiwork.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll spare you your reading glasses and give you a glimpse of my time through these shots.


What shopping for 3 months of food looks like!


The closest encounter I will ever have with a giraffe (or any animal, for that matter).
But for the record, giraffes are really cool in person!!


Seeing elephants at a much more acceptable distance.


Spending time with the Holmertz family.


Enjoying the beauty of the Kenyan Coast and Indian Ocean.


My friend, Salome, who played in the ocean with me on our first day.


Hanging out with our friends from the coast at a ruins site.


Visiting friends at Rift Valley Academy. Talk about a breath-taking view!


Back in Nairobi to lend a hand at a VBS.


This is just plain adorable.


Savoring a last milkshake.
Cold things just don't exist in the desert (well, not without a fridge at least!)



Even God, our all-powerful, perfect Creator, took time to rest after finishing his work of making the world. Let’s take God’s example and make sure that we rest. We are not meant to keep a torrid pace for long. We get tired, overwhelmed, discouraged. God knows this and commands that we rest because he wants to gives us a refreshment and nourishment for our souls that cannot come at break-neck speed. So whether you step into a quiet room for a few minutes or step away from your responsibilities for a few days or even weeks, might you look to God for the restoration that only He can bring.


 “And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, 
because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”