Times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord
Sukkot is a glorious example of finding a time of refreshing in the presence of the Lord. It’s hard to explain how incredibly blessed we were in so many ways as we celebrated Sukkot together. We had times of corporate worship, praise, dancing and study of the Word. And, in between those group gatherings, we could always find somewhere in the camp where someone was enjoying praise, worship, dance, fellowship, study of the Word and, sometimes, just plain old relaxation and recreation. Funny how the main thing He tells us to do during Sukkot is to rejoice. We definitely did plenty of that!
We enjoyed living together in unity as family. We rolled out of bed and stepped out of the tent and we were with 150 of our closest family members. We brushed our teeth at the same sink. We got by with 2 showers, 3 toilets and 4 port-a-potties. (That, in itself, is amazing!) We shared our meals, taking turns cooking for the whole family and serving one another.
Everyone was free to share their gifts – serving, teaching, singing, dancing, facilitating, organizing, etc. Bring a gift and share it with others. There was such joy in the camp as we freely served one another.
The camp was not without trials and discomforts. We had extreme heat, swarms of flies, bugs of various kinds, spraying of nearby crops, illness, etc. But even in the midst of this, we rejoiced and praised Yahweh. We didn’t let the discomforts get us down (as a general rule). Many of us felt these were a way of Yahweh testing our attitude. Hopefully we passed that test J
It truly felt like a rehearsal for living in Yahweh’s Kingdom. To dwell in unity with so many other believers was wonderful. Relationships were renewed. Healing took place in more ways than one. We could safely leave valuables lying around the camp, whether it was cameras or computers or phones, just as comfortably as we would do that at home. When others were in need financially, physically, emotionally or spiritually, others were ready to give whatever was necessary to help them.
It’s hard to describe the joy and contentment felt as we celebrated this appointment with Yahweh together with so many others. It creates a bond that can only be formed by God’s Spirit. I’m thinking that’s one of the blessings Yahweh had in mind when He invited us to share in this appointed time with Him. (Lev 23:33-43) Our obedience to His call paid off a thousand fold, as it always does.