So it’s Thursday, and many of us are just so ready for the weekend to happen NOW. Yet, during those days of “rest” we rarely get the rest we really need, and Monday comes again… And again… And again.
I once heard someone say “I’ll rest when I’m dead.” But is that the best way to fully live? Live the abundant life God has died on the cross for us to have? Surely it can’t be.
Rest takes on many forms, it may be sharing a meal with a really good friend or going out of town for a day or sitting by the window early morning to sip on your coffee and let your thoughts run free.
Here are three reasons why resting is absolutely necessary:
1. Rest allows you to refresh, refocus and recharge. “I’ve performed at the highest of my ability after barely sleeping for a whole week!” Said no one, ever. “When I’m tired, I’m always on my best behavior,” said the same person. Lack of rest impacts not only your performance, but also your decision-making skills and attitude. But after a good night of sleep, ever noticed how ready to conquer the world you are? Imagine if you felt like that every day? Think about how you feel after a good vacation, after not having to make plans for a few days, after putting your phone and computer away for some time? (Though this may be a cause of anxiety for some.) Rest allows you to do your best, and be your best. You can get much more done and the quality of it is much higher. So less is more? In that case, yes.
2. Rest allows you to find yourself and to find God. Ever heard that God sometimes speaks in a still small voice or gentle whisper? Well, it was the case for Elijah (you can read the story here). In Matthew 6:6, Jesus says to go into our private/inner/secret room to pray. In other words, leave the rush behind, focus on God alone, and he will meet you there. He can give you rest if you come to him. If you take time to talk to God and to listen, your life will be transformed. Just like resting, this is something that must be done daily. He declares: “Be still and know that I am God!”
3. Rest speaks volume about how you trust God. We all know we are no match for God and yet, we decide to just go on, and spread ourselves thin, working until the very last drop of energy. In other words, we trust in our work to see things happening, as if God couldn’t do his part. Resting, on the other hand, says, “God here is my work, bless it. I put it in your hands to multiply and make fruitful. There is much my own limited efforts can’t accomplish anyway. I trust you God!” Try it and see what happens.
So how can you start trusting God today and rest, knowing he’s got us covered? If in your schedule, you make time for God, and time for rest, you’ll find yourself in what I call a peaceful rush. Life will still happen, and happens fast. Yet you will be rooted deep in God, and are able to enjoy life right here and right now because you trust him.
So, how do YOU make time to rest? Let us know in the comments below!
For more on the subject, here is a book I strongly recommend: