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Resting, 1, 2, 3

November 3, 2010

From the blogs calling me to make our home a home of rest, to the books on spiritual rest on the Sabbath, to the Bible itself, it seems to be theme that God is speaking to me about.

I’m so anxious about many things, yet he says…Rest.

I get so agitated about something, yet he says…Rest.

I desire somethings so strongly, yet he says…Rest.

Rest.

A word not often associated with our society today, is it? Some might even equate rest with lazy. Yet God defines rest much differently, and this doesn’t surprise me. Many things of this world are at odds with his view and desire for us, me.

Jesus says, Come to me all you who are weary, and I will give you rest. Matt 11:28

With all the striving, maneuvering and ambitiousness in those around me today, it seems almost anti-climactic to desire rest. To desire and long for a time of restoration, peace, and reconnecting with family and friends.

Many times I have heard, “I miss so much of _____’s life” or “I wish I had more time for ____”.  Do we not miss the small moments in life because of some misguided notion that we must have that new tv, new promotion, new car, new house, new shoes, etc? What is the cost of all this ambition? What will be taught to our children, and their children, through this endless rat race which goes no where fast? What values are we teaching our children? Are not the values of home, family, grace, mercy, love, patience, kindness, and respect still worthy?  I have long thought that the value of home and family is more important that the media, government and general society have pushed.

But, I’m getting off topic here.

Rest. To restore yourself. To give time back to your soul. To bless your soul. This is not selfish, this refreshes you for the next days ahead.

Rest. It encourages you to stop. Stop striving for that next XYZ. Just stop. Take a moment, or a day, and rest. Do something that doesn’t require a washer or dryer, computer, tv or phone. Get outside. Read a book. Read the Bible. Pray for those around you. Pray for what is vexing you. Go for a walk alone or with someone. Light a few candles. Make a meal with the whole family and enjoy it together. Get those board games out of the deep hole in your closet and play a game or two. Enjoy music together. Invite friends over to talk, eat and rest together. Enjoy the simple things of life, the simple tangible connections with those around you.

Each breath is precious. Each choice counts. Make it your goal to rest, either alone, or with someone (s).  Remember to stop and rest. Let the false urge to always be busy and productive rest itself. Nothing is so urgent that taking a few moments or hours will hurt. (unless it IS a true emergency, of course!)

What do you want rest from? What will you be doing for your resting periods? Do you already observe a resting period? If so, what do you do?

 

Blessings (& Restings y’all!)

Peg

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