REST. REST. REST. REST. The word rest is a word we hear all the time. In a busy society, we hear things like, “make sure you get plenty of rest to prepare for your busy work week”, “get some good rest, so you can feel better”, or “you’ve had a long day, so get some rest”. These are a few of the many statements we hear from people when we talk about rest.
To many busy people reading this, the word rest is almost like a foreign word. It’s not because it’s not important to get, but because the cares, concerns, and situations that many people deal with, getting true rest is not as embraced as it used to be years and years ago. The word rest, may even sound like a curse word to those who feel like getting rest interferes with accomplishing everything on their to-do lists.
From personal experience, I’ve seen how it’s easy to allow the cares of this life (ie. work demands, paying bills, raising a family, running a business, pursuing your passions, etc) to get us so stressed and feeling that we always have to be doing SOMETHING, that it’s easy to forget to take time out for oneself and to truly rest. I’m not so much referring to physical rest, which of course is important for our overall health and wellbeing, but I’m most importantly referring to spiritual and mental rest.
The same way we can burn ourselves out physically, we can also burn ourselves out mentally and spiritually if not careful. I’m sharing this because I have had times in my life when I’ve had demands on the job for example and because I like to work in excellence, I had been overexerting myself and allowing my job, financial situations, and just the cares of this world to prevent me from truly resting in my mind, spirit, and soul . I’m learning that if I’m not resting spiritually and in my soul, then no amount of physical rest will suffice because I’m still not settled in my spirit.
Think about a time in your life when you allowed your circumstances to dictate your emotions and your actions. Can you honestly say you were resting in Christ?
Although physical rest is a necessity, if we’re not mentally resting in Christ, then we might as well say we’re not really resting because that’s where our rest needs to start first. According to the Free Dictionary, rest is “a period of inactivity, relaxation, or sleep” (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/rest). The interesting thing is that although you may be physically still, your mind can be racing and thinking of all the things you have to do, until you start to feel as though you’re physically tired and worn out. I hate to admit, but I have experienced this many times. And you know what? It all was because I didn’t mentally rest and cast my burden or whatever care I had over to God.
I’m grateful that I’ve been learning over the years, and more so in my 30’s, that it’s soooo important to make sure that I allow God to pour into me and that I take the time out of my busy schedule to be still before Him and mentally rest from my mental and physical “to-do” list. A great reminder of resting in Christ is found in Hebrews 4:10-12.
I’m here to share with you friends that God desires you to rest in Him despite how you feel, your circumstances, your bank account, your job situation, your busy schedule, and the list can go on and on. It’s easy to make excuses about why we can’t take time to rest and get into the presence of God, but I’m here to share with you that it CAN be done. Take it from me. I wake up early, and although I don’t have a ton of time before going into work in the morning, I use my car time to talk to God and meditate on the things I’ve read in the Word. Sometimes, 5, 10, or 15 minutes can feel like an hour when you’re truly focused on the present and NOT thinking about the fifty things you have to accomplish on your to-do list.
You can do this! Know that it’s possible to get rest and that God loves you so much that His mercy is new EVERY morning and great is His faithfulness. Bank on that! I’m so excited for hearing your testimonies on how you were able to rest in Him and how you didn’t let busyness steal your quality time with the lord.
As we enter into the holiday season, I challenge and encourage each of you to ask God to give you a thirst and desire to seek after Him and to enter into His rest. He’s waiting for you!
Are you truly at R.E.S.T (Relinquishing Every Situation Today)?
Thank you so much for reading this blog and embarking upon this inspirational journey of life with me! If you were encouraged, inspired, or can identify with the message/story, please feel free to comment. I’m sure others will be encouraged by hearing YOUR story.