Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. – Psalm 62:1 (NIV)
Jesus said, “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20
We enjoyed a family-connection vacation this summer, traveling to the west coast of the USA to spend time with our family there, and then from there to Germany to connect with our family who lives there. We had a great time with the four grandchildren and their parents on the west coast – including a two-vehicle road trip from San Diego, CA to Seattle, Washington (two kids with two adults in each car). We traded off who got to ride with Gram (not Granddad!), and had a great time all the way.
Then came our time with the family who lives in Germany. The two wonderful grandchildren who live there were a delight, and I was even able to take them to the local village park – just the three of us. Aside from one little girl’s meltdown that really went well.
Sometimes we come home from vacation needing to rest up from our vacation!
Jesus speaks of being with us as a means by which we are given rest. We know him as the source of God’s salvation. We realize that he has given us the Great Commission to tell others about God’s love, teaching them to obey all that he has commanded. But do we consider Jesus’ promise to be with us always to be a source of rest and rejuvenation? More often we think of it as a source of encouragement for times of fear or loneliness.
If Jesus is with us in every situation for all time, we can rest assured of God’s favor, care, and protection. He is a source of true refreshment, life, and salvation.