Everyone needs recreation. The old adage “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is true. Jesus told His tired disciples, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while” (Mark 6:31).
God has made us so that we are healthier and more productive when we enjoy wholesome fun and laughter, and when we take time to renew ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. A happy spirit is good medicine for body and soul (Proverbs 17:22). Moreover, the Lord has provided a variety of acceptable ways by which we can be refreshed, invigorated, and restored when we become weary, bored, or troubled.
In today’s Scripture, we see the renewing qualities of music in the life of King Saul. Turning aside from his duties and listening to David play his harp brought Saul deliverance from his troubled emotional state.
Hunting and fishing and sports have been recreational activities for thousands down through the centuries. A walk through the woods, a drive in the countryside, a family picnic, or a trip to the zoo can refresh us, both physically and emotionally.
The best and most important form of recreation, however, is communion with God. We need to give Him the opportunity to brighten our spirits and lift our hearts. We must turn aside from our normal activities to read God’s Word, meditate on it, and pray. This is the most rewarding of all forms of recreation. – Herbert Vander Lugt
When we take time for fun and play,
For rest along life’s busy way,
And when we pause to kneel and pray –
We’ll be renewed from day to day. – D. J. De Haan
Unless we come apart and rest a while, we may just plain come apart. – Vance Havner
– June 27, 1988, Our Daily Bread