I did something I've never done over my Sabbatical break this past month. I got my favorite pair of shoes re-soled.
I'm guess now I'm officially old. I took them to a cobbler... Next I'll be be running over to the haberdashery to get fitted for my new Astros hat. I saw my dad get shoes worked on when I was younger, but I've never had the occasion to actually recycle shoes. My generation uses stuff up and throws it out.
But it happened. I really loved this pair of shoes and couldn't find any replacements that would fit my budget. As it turns out the replacement cost for the same shoe was twice what I had originally paid. The guy in London who makes this particular shoe brand is bankin' it I'm guessing. The cost at the shoe shop was much lower than what I'd originally paid in the first place so I decided to go for it.
As I put them on to return to work today, I realized it paralleled my experience on my break.
In the Lord's wisdom and timing, he allowed me the chance to get some rest and a much needed retread. I'm still the same person, only given more mileage. His gifted hands formed something new and long lasting in my heart. For that, I'm thankful.
Do you need ministry to your soul? Do you need a rest stop? Is your soul worn down to the nub?
It doesn't necessarily take a work break or travel to access His rest. He promises that He will give us rest if we come to Him and ask for it. Do that today and let me know what happens!
Psalm 23/Matthew 11