The Mid week Top Off
A New Feature every Wednesday....The Mid week Top Off
“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.” Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV)
It’s my place of peace. Even in the early days of this pandemic, when everything was shut down and uncertainty reigned, this was the place I would go. The sanctuary at Bellamy Church was my shelter. As the days turned to weeks, the weeks turned to months, this place was still the place I would seek. As the time passed I wondered when would we ever worship here again as a community? The reality is that worship in the sanctuary is soon upon us for God has heard our prayers!
As we prepared the sanctuary for our return in October I began to think of the word “sanctuary” and the place that is a sanctuary. A sanctuary is a special place, and it is a very personal space. A sanctuary may be found anywhere. Perhaps it is in your car as your drive and the world zooms by. Perhaps it is on a golf course, or at a fishing pier, or a beach, a mountain top, a trail through the woods, a bench in a quiet place. A sanctuary can be a room in your home, or even a time of day when the world is quiet. To me sanctuary is a place but also a feeling. A feeling of rest, of solitude, and a nearness to the Lord.
The words of Jesus from Matthew’s Gospel are words of sanctuary to me. How often have I felt weary and burdened? How often have I needed someone to lift my load and help me along? How many days have I simply needed rest? And where did I turn? I turned to Jesus, and physically I would sit alone in this place, and I felt God nearby. We all need a place like that. A special, set apart place to come into God’s presence, to speak honestly, to cry, to laugh, to pray. As much as prayer and worship are vital to the believer, so is the need for sanctuary. We all need respite from this crazy, uncertain, and fast moving world. Let’s make sure we find our sanctuary, and let’s make sure we go there often. We all need to release our burdens. We all need peace. We all need rest. Let’s find sanctuary with Jesus.
Gracious God, thank you for giving us a Savior who calls us by name. Thank you for providing us a sanctuary from our hectic world. Help us to find our place with you everyday. We need your blessed rest. We need your comfort. We need Jesus! Thank you for His life and love that gives us peace. Amen.