Every Memorial Day Holiday and others as well, CMA chapters across the nation put up tents and wagons to greet travelers and give them cold water and spiritual refreshment of some sort. If you ever see one of these “rest stops” please stop and meet them. If you ever need a helping hand you can always stop where CMA members are and get help.
Most of the rest areas, at least in Arkansas, have been closed. It used to be that everyone knew the rest stops along the way very well. My own family stopped just outside of Texarkana on our trip to visit family in Arkansas from Houston and Tyler. My mother cried the first time she drove past that rest area after I married. She said she could see me running there just like when I was a little girl.
Rest stops are important when taking trips. You can ask any biker and they’ll tell you, even in cooler weather it’s easy to get dehydrated in the wind and get tired sitting in one place for very long. Even people in cars know that if the weather is bad it’s tiring to drive. Driving rain, sleet, hail, windstorms, sandstorms are liable to show up without warning. I remember often through the years Danny pulling in under awnings or old abandoned house carports to wait out the onslaught.
Just as people must rest from their travels, their jobs, their lifestyles, believers must find rest as well. For the child of God, worship is the greatest rest stop we can find. Worship gets our mind of our troubles, gets our heart off ourselves and gets our spirit reconnected to the power source – the Lord Himself.
Oh beloved take a rest stop this morning! He knows you’ve been through some hard places and may be going through a hard spot even now. He understands how hard things can be, how rough the road is and how much you need a rest. Pull over before the day gets too busy and spend time with the One Who loves you always and cares for you eternally. His rest stops are generous and plentiful and He will always be there for you! Trust Him and lean on Him for He’s just what you will always need!
Psalm 91:1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 23:2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.
Mark 6:31 And He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while." For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.