Have You Visited Any Pleasant Arbors This Week?

Mark HersheyBlog

It has been fun seeing the Psalm 23 pictures and videos you submitted. It is not too late to jump aboard Nick’s challenge. I have been encouraged these past few days as I hear stories of others finding green pastures, quiet waters, and pleasant arbors.  To remind you, an arbor is restful, shaded refuge along the path of life. It provides spiritual nourishment.

Do you need help finding an arbor? It can be tricky during these times.

Our super-connected lives can lead to a disconnectedness with the Father. Phones, TVs, Internet, and other gadgets and gizmos can sometimes keep our head down as we walk on the path of life. We can miss a pleasant arbor or a necessary refuge before we then encounter some hills, mountains, or dry times along the way.

Maybe we have worn paths in our daily routines that might not lead us by any arbors. Maybe the busyness of our days or the inability to sit still and wait have robbed us from visiting refreshing arbors. Maybe guilt from past sins makes us think we are unworthy to rest and abide with the Father. I encourage you to explore different places of rest for your soul. Start by finding a new pattern or routine. Experiment with ways the Father can feed your soul.

When we do encounter something refreshing, I encourage you to carry it with you. Write it down. Share it. Keep it close to your mind. Take a picture of it. It is important to remember that we cannot remain at the pleasant arbor but must continue on our way. To be sure, arbors are not the end destination, but they refresh and restore us so we can run well this course of life marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1).

Maybe you are nearing the last day of a vacation, the waning minutes of a kid-free morning, or the end of a peaceful bike ride. Though we can’t remain in those arbors, know that there is a greater rest coming. Just as God commanded weekly rest by instituting the Sabbath, God promises us a greater rest, upon completion of a life of serving and following Him (Hebrews 4:11).

Continue to enjoy green pastures and quiet waters along the way. Let them lead you to focus on God and his mission for you in this world and a renewal to complete that mission!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)


Pastor Mark