Vacation from problems?

Going on a vacation? It’s a question we’ve all been asked. Some people can hardly wait to get away on holiday. Others use it as a time to catch up on to-do lists, while others plan visits or just stay home and have a “staycation.” Whatever shape they take, vacations often take some form of planning before we are able to relax.

Recently someone posted a comment on a social media site that I follow. The writer was wishing that he could take a vacation from his same sex attractions (SSA), hoping for a week or so of not thinking or worrying about it. This person’s question percolated in me, and I started wondering how many of us would like a week or even a lifetime away from an unwanted desire or attraction. I believe that because we are living in a sinful world and no one is perfect, we all have areas of need and could well struggle with something that is not God’s intent for what he has designed. 

Having struggled most of my life with same sex attractions, I could sympathize with this person. Many times in my own life I have asked that same question. “God, could you just give me a break already? Take this attraction that I don’t want away!” In all truthfulness, I have demanded it as my right as a son of God.

Did God answer me? Yes, he did, but on his terms and not mine. God gave me a vacation not of my choosing, but rather one of his more glorious and adventurous ones. I have had to admit my own weakness, my own powerlessness toward something that allows for God’s power to be manifest in strength and might. I don’t know if we get a “vacation” from our problems or struggles. Instead, we get a powerful and magnificent response from our Father God who will work on our behalf in the midst of our struggle.

The Master planner

Just as we plan our vacations, we also strategize when it comes to our struggles. If it’s not SSA, think of that issue that you face that you constantly wrestle with – the one that you’d like a vacation from. Now, let’s look at planning a way for it to get easier, and as you do ask yourself these questions: Where are you headed and what is your final destination? What are the tools you need? Who is going on this adventure with you?

Our final destination is eternal, free of the struggles that we face in the temporal life we live. One of the most powerful tools that we can use now is admittance of our weakness. How often do we do that? Or do we continue to hope and cope the best we can in our human flesh? I’ve been reminded of this lately: that when I take my hands off trying to get a handle on my struggles and put everything in God’s control, I find I have an increase in peace and hope. I am no longer just coping; rather, I am finding hope in the fact that I don’t need to be the strong one. God designed and created me, and his power wants to be made perfect in my weakness. 

Who’s going with me? Who’s going with you? We all need the company of people who will spur us on, encourage us, sympathize with us and challenge us. I need good friends who will walk beside me on this adventure, helping me plan the course while we allow God to direct our steps.

Author

  • Kenny Warkentin after working several years as an urban missionary with Living Waters Canada and Exodus International is now an associate Pastor. Kenny is passionate about issues regarding relational wholeness, gender and sexuality and has written numerous columns on those issues as it pertains to the Body of Christ. He is married to Paula and they have a daughter Phoebe. Paula and Kenny are both avid artists and they have showcased their work in various venues. Paula is a spoken word poet and Kenny is a photographer and painter. The are passionate about marriage and travel and share their testimony throughout North America.

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