Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This Is A Good Time To Get Away

Psalm 55:6

O that I had wings like a Dove! I would fly away and be at rest

I love the Southwest Airlines commercial where something embarrassing happens to a person and the announcer comes on to say, “This is a good time to get away.” And they announce the low fares of Southwest Airlines. We’ve all had those embarrassing and even hurtful moments where if we could fly away we would.

Many of us are stuck between fight or flight. We are tired of fighting because we’ve been dong that for most of our lives but we can’t fly because we don’t have the means. David could have used Soutwest Airlines when he found himself stuck between fight or flight. David had been betrayed by his son Absalom who tried to take over the Kingdom and to add insult to injury, his friend Joab killed Absolom against David’s orders.

Sometimes its easier to fight when the enemy is from the outside but it hurts more when the enemy is someone close that you used to get pleasure from being in their company. You don’t want to fight them but now it's complicated. This is a good time to get away.

When David found out his son, Absalom had been killed after his soldiers returned victorious from squashing the rebellion he wept for his son. Joab came in to remind David that the soldiers risked their lives to protect David and the rest of his family. If David kept weeping like this it would send a message that the soldier’s lives meant nothing to David. As a leader, he didn’t even have time to grieve over his son because politically it wouldn’t look right for him to be upset over somebody that tried to take over the kingdom even though it was his son. This is a good time to get away!

What do you do when you are too tired to fight and too broke to fly?

1. Cry out to God. 16 But I call to God,
and the LORD saves me.

2. God will fight for you .
19 God, who is enthroned forever,
will hear them and afflict them—

Men who never change their ways
and have no fear of God.

3. Cast your cares on God.
22 Cast your cares on the LORD
and he will sustain you;

He will never let the righteous fall.

4. Get away when you can. Even Jesus withdrew to lonely places to replenish himself

5. Take your Sabbath. A day of rest every week where you are not doing any work and you spend time with God.

6. Re-create. Find something fun to do that will recreate you spiritually, whether it’s fishing, walking, riding bikes, running, etc.

7. Find yourself a cheap flight to somewhere beautiful. ☺

Dear God, thank you for keeping me until I can afford to fly. Thank you for fighting for me when I was too tired to fight for myself. I’m looking forward to getting away soon.

In Jesus Name,


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