GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL
by Wayne S. Walker
"So I said, ‘Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest’" (Psalm 55.6). Ever have one of those days when everything seems to go wrong and you wish that you could just leave it all to go to some desert island by yourself for a while? I am sure that all of us have faced situations where we would just like to get away from it. It might be that we have problems on the job. Or it may be that we are losing our job and have to think about how we are going to provide for our family. Speaking of family, sometimes the relationships in the home are not what they should be. Husbands and wives may have serious disagreements, or our kids disappoint us in some way or another. And church fights can drive us to distraction.
Of course, some people do just run away from such troubles. Recognizing that this is not the best response, we might take a day off or even a week’s vacation, and that can often help, but when we come back, the problems are still usually there to be faced. In one sense, we can’t "get away from it all" because we do have certain responsibilities that must be accepted and fulfilled. "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me" (Matthew 16:24). "For each one shall bear his own load" (Galatians 6:5). Others can help us bear many of our burdens (Galatians 6:2). However, they cannot relieve us of our responsibilities. We cannot rightly get away from them.
However, there is a sense in which we can "get away" from our problems and difficulties. "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly" (Matthew 6:7). In this way, we can cast our burden on the Lord, and He has promised to sustain us (Psalm 55:12; cf. 1 Peter 5:7). "In seasons of distress and grief My soul has often found relief, And oft escaped the tempter’s snare By thy return, sweet hour of prayer" (William Walford). Oh, the problem(s) will still be there, but with the Lord’s help we can better deal with them and find some kind of solution.
Also, there is a sense in which we shall, finally, "get away from it all." Moses reminded us, "The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away" (Psalm 90:10). Yes, we must learn to cope with the problems and difficulties of life that come our way. We cannot escape this. However, we should be careful not to become too wrapped up in them that we fail to make ready for that time when we shall fly away so that we can have eternal rest in that land where there will be no more trials and tribulations (Revelation 21:4). That is the best means to "get away from it all"!