Last week I returned from just over five weeks in my oasis in Canada. It was so good to leave my life here in North Devon behind and have time to relax, read. meet up with old and new friends and recharge my batteries. As the end of the school year draws closer I feel like I am running on empty and it becomes harder to feel like you are giving fresh bread to the congregation when you preach. Well that is what I feel it might not be true for others. I think having two very demanding roles takes it out of you. So the opportunity to totally switch off is very welcome. Not having a routine of early mornings and having to be at meetings. Not having to write sermons, prepare resources and teach lessons all those disappear when I am away.
It doesn't take long to catch up on the sleep and it is the opportunity to read and have more time to spend with the Lord which I really appreciate.Not having an alarm going off unless I am going on a "trip". Having no one expecting anything of me is just a wonderful feeling. But after the first few days I often go to some verses which are quite familiar, Isaiah 40:28-31 says
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."