I spent the weekend feeling a bit “under the weather”. It was just a short cold, but it knocked me out for a few days. Normally, I don’t let myself succumb to the temptation of laying around, but this time, I did. I couldn’t stay awake for longer than a few hours at a time so I snuggled up and slept away an entire weekend.
The little tendrils of guilt that I used to feel during my moments of inactivity started to tickle the edges of my brain when I crawled back into bed Sunday morning. I was missing church and I hadn’t found a sub for my Sunday School class. But since it felt like someone was poking an awl in the back of my eye and I couldn’t keep it open, I relented and rested.
The Proverbs about too much rest started pouring through my mind. Terms like sluggard and lazy crept along the edges of my consciousness. Suddenly, other verses over took my condemning thoughts. Matthew 11:28 says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Mark 6:31b “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Psalm 127:2b says “for He grants sleep to those he loves.”
I allowed myself to rest and now I fell completely rejuvenated! This Monday morning, I am awake and excited about the possibilities of the coming week. I have a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm and revived sense of purpose. Why haven’t I let myself rest in the Lord more often?
Like so many people, I have a long list of To-Dos that I feel the need to check off every day. I consider inactivity wasted time and even my leisure time needs to be productive. Jesus spend time alone with God every day. He rested in the Lord to renew His spirit and then went out and accomplished great things. He is calling me to great things, perhaps I should rest a little so I have the energy to accomplish these things. How can I complete my calling if I’m too exhausted to listen to His voice?
The modern world tells us that every minute of every day must be scheduled or that working ourselves to a frenzy is desirable, but God tells us to stop and breathe occasionally. How can we admire his handiwork when we are focused on the next item on the list?
Today is going to be a great day, I can feel it. It’s a beautiful Monday. The whole week stretches out before me like a promise. Yes, there are a lot of things on my to-do list, but I’ve also penciled in time to to-don’t. I won’t worry or fret or over-plan. I will rest and smile and enjoy. God wants us to rest as well as work. He wants us to enjoy this life, not just toil through it. It’s time to take hold of the promise of restoration in the spirit and revitalization through stillness. Work hard for God and pause for peace in the soul, there is time for both.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, and a part-time basket case who wants to be a full time writer.