Wayside Stops

“Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.” John 6:15

sanctuary to restA sanctuary is a place of refuge and protection; a place where you can leave the world behind. Travelers in the Middle Ages found little shrines set up along the roadway in which a cross and the image of a saint were hung. The traveler could stop at these “sanctuaries” for rest and prayer, regaining strength to continue their journey. 

Our contemporary world doesn’t have wayside shrines for rest stops. But our minds and hearts still get weary. We have to devise our own wayside stops, not on actual roads, but in the road of daily life.  Attending a worship service on a weekend does not usually provide everything we need to see us through the entire week. As inspiring as the service may be, we need something more to keep us going until the next service. We need stopping places during the week, intimate sanctuaries here and there where we can stop and let God refresh our soul with His presence. 

What are some sanctuaries you might find to get away and find restoration?

  • Reading Scripture is one such stopping place. Immerse yourself in a favorite passage or psalm.
  • A little book of devotions – Or a website, such as the one you are reading now – is a good way to restore energy.
  • A trusted Christian friend with whom you can be yourself is a type of sanctuary. We can gain a great deal from the faith, encouragement, and insight of others.
  • Your own communion service during the week gives you a chance to take part in the nourishment of the Lord’s Supper. 
  • Go to a park or sit in your own backyard and read. Or sing aloud a great hymn or praise song. 

Jesus is your example, as he often went away to a quiet place to gain strength from His Heavenly Father. Establish your personal shrines today. 


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