God on Spring Break?

The Church used to be the center of communities.  Of course, for the most part, that is no longer the case.  In my particular community, it seems that everything is decided based upon the school calendar.  Scholastic sports teams that would never have practiced or played games on Wednesdays or Sundays just a few years ago, schedule competitions on Wednesdays.  Thankfully, Sundays are still somewhat safe (at least on the high school level).  If a civic club, business function, or church schedules something, they would do well to consult the school calendar.

This particular week is Spring Break.  School is dismissed for the week (with the exception of a few sporting events).  The hope is that everyone will be able to take a deep breath, rest well, and return to finish strong.  Many people choose to take a vacation and leave town.  After all, in their mind, nothing is going on.

What if God had a Spring Break?  Maybe He decided it was time to rest, take a vacation, and planned to return to finish the year strong?  What if grace didn’t exist for a week?  When one shared their concerns with God (prayed), what would happen if they received an “out of office” message.  God will return at the first of next week.  Please leave your name, phone number, and a brief message.  When God returns, He will get back with you as quickly as possible.

Absurd?  Of course. Deuteronomy 31:6 reads, “Be strong and bold…because the LORD your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.”  The writer of Hebrews reminds us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (13:8).  In other words, although we need breaks, God doesn’t take a vacation.  He doesn’t need a Spring Break.  Grace is still available.  He’s still willing to listen to your concerns.

Have a great vacation during Spring Break.  But remember, God is ready when you are!

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