You have heard the commericial, “What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas.” The lure is to come for a vacation, have fun, and let your barriers down–no one needs to know. Your secrets are safe here.
Today we are pulling out of Colorado Springs and making our way to Pagosa Springs for two weeks of respite–mountains, rest, swimming, working out, eating good food, reading, doing nothing, hiking, movies, and yes, vigilance.
This is not the typical “vacation” word.
As we are pulling out, I am contemplating the fact that we can never really let down, not even on vacation. We can never remove the restraints that keep us sound in our daily lives and workday worlds. Some would see this as binding and negative. I view this is as a powerful and positive safeguard.
I am remembering the biblical story of when the wall around Jerusalem was being rebuilt thousands of years ago. There were many enemies that opposed the rebuilding, so the workers had to labor with one hand and defend themselves with swords with the other.
Astonishing! Can you imagine? Rebuilding a wall with one hand and fighting an enemy with the other?
Yet that is how I feel entering into a two-week vacation. The urgent need to “not let down.” Too much loose in body, soul, or spirit can yield regrettable choices in life. The truth is that we are in a battle, and our enemies do not vacation–enemies meaning the powers that dwell in high places not of this world–and they are calculating, anticipating our weakest moments. That unseen world is real.
But as Scripture clearly teaches when we are weak, then we are strong because we enter into supernatural strength that is greater than this world.
It is good to be aware that sometimes overwhelming vulnerability and lapses in life can occur when we are “letting down.”
We laugh when he hear the story of the man who drove to Las Vegas in a Cadillac and returned in a bus. He made some regrettable choices! But the point of this is not that Las Vegas is bad or any place is bad; rather wherever we are, we must remain vigilant in our choices. Many lives have emerged from moments of “letting down” in brokenness and regret, with years of rebuilding and putting the pieces together again.
Yes, our bodies and souls will be resting, recreating, having fun; but our spirits remain alert and vigilant.
Vigilant on vacation. Now there is a counter-culture idea.