Have You Really Rested This Week?
The topic of Rest is something I know very little about, and it would probably do me some good to practice. I can’t remember the last time I paused, sat down, and relaxed. I’m not talking about flipping through channels on T.V. I’m talking about rest from the world.
How about you? Most likely, you’re in the same boat I’m in. Most of us are slaves to “busyness.” We rush around from task to task, and even when we’re seemingly still, we’re mentally ticking through the long laundry list of items that have yet to be accomplished. We have effectively become the “what’s next” generation, despite our good intentions and technological discoveries and advancements.
According to statistics, we are working 22% more hours and have 8.5 hours less leisure time per month than we did a decade ago. We’re mostly running ourselves ragged, working too much, and filling our minutes with sheer busyness.
God does want us to work. The Bible is full of passages that encourage it, but also endorse rest. In Genesis, He even set an example for us by resting on the seventh day. Do you believe creating the world tuckered God out? Or do you think he wanted us to understand how good rest is for the mind, body, and soul?
As I studied this subject, I ran across a wonderful paraphrase of Psalms 23 that I found perfect for this topic: “The Lord is my pacesetter, I shall not rush. He makes me stop and rest at intervals. He provides me with images of stillness to restore my serenity. He leads me in the way of efficiency to calmness of mind and this guidance is peace. Even though I have a great many things to accomplish this day, I will not fret for His presence is here. His timeliness, His all importance will keep me in balance. He prepares refreshment and renewal during my activity, anointing my head with the oils of tranquility. My cup of joyous energy overflows. Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours, for I shall walk in the pace of my Lord and dwell in His heaven forever.”
So, when you feel pushed, rushed, confused, discouraged, and worried, turn your attention to God in prayer and rest. Allow him to reassure, renew, lead, calm, and encourage you. Allow Him to give you rest.
COME TO ME, ALL YOU WHO ARE WEARY AND BURDENED, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST. TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU AND LEARN FROM ME, FOR I AM GENTLE AND HUMBLE IN HEART, AND YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. FOR MY YOKE IS EASY AND MY BURDEN IS LIGHT.