Wanti’s all smiles and re-energized. It’s Sunday night at round 8pm. She’s just returned from a day off. What has she been up to?
Brunch at a local cafeteria on Indonesian fare with a buddy… shiok! That is the local version of saying – Great! An expression of satisfaction. Then they were off to church to the Indonesian service where Wanti is the worship leader. Six years ago when she came to us, she was so shy, but what a transformation since! After worship service, she attends the Indonesian Bible school motivated by a thirst for the Word. Then she’s off to a birthday celebration dinner with twenty others – simple ayam penyet (pressed fried chicken grilled Indonesian style with rice, vegetables and a drink) –all paid for by the birthday girl and they have combined their monetary gifts to buy a lovely Bible for her. Laughter and relaxation, sharing jokes and family news from one home phone call a week each. Then it’s homeward bound, after a day in the week away from domestic chores and responsibilities. What a time to re-create and re-energize! Thank God for a rest day and Time-Out!. She’s ready for tomorrow and the rest of the week.
Are you stressed, confused, praying for a change in your circumstance so you can see clearer? Perhaps all you need is a Time-Out following the example of God our Father who rested from all His work after completing six days of creation. The preacher wrote in Ecclesiastes 2:22 – 24 “For what hath man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath labored under the sun? For all his days are sorrows and his travail grief; yea his heart takes not rest in the night. This is also vanity. There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.”
God has provided for rest time (whatever time of the week it is for you). Have we really appreciated His provision and taken the rest our body and soul needs? We must work to survive and we are responsible for the physical and spiritual well-being of those under our care. The fruit of hard work done to glorify only ourselves will be passed on to those who may later lose or spoil it all. Such endless toil often leads to grief, while serving God leads to everlasting joy. Do you know the real reason you are working so hard?
Is Solomon recommending we make life a big, irresponsible party? No, he is encouraging us to take pleasure in what we are doing now and to enjoy life because it comes from the hand of God. True enjoyment in life comes only as we follow God’s guidelines for living. Without Him, satisfaction is a lost search.
Those who really know how to enjoy life are the ones who take life each day as a gift from God, thanking Him for it, serving Him in it and taking some Time-Out with Him, family and friends be it a few days in a year, a day in a week or a few hours in a day with God.
Those without God will have no relief from toil and no direction to guide them through life’s complications.
When was your last Time-Out? .