When was the last time you rested?
I don’t mean when you collapsed into bed last night exhausted from a long day, and I don’t mean when you took a couple of days of vacation to escape the ordinary, everyday grind.
When was the last time you REALLY rested?
God designed our bodies to need a certain amount of rest each day. The human body can go about 11 days without sleep before it completely shuts down and becomes totally useless. If most of us are pretty good about giving our bodies at least the minimum amount of rest we need, why do so many of us neglect our souls rest?
I certainly do not feel qualified to write about this, as I have been doing a terrible job resting this entire past year. The amount of times I have stopped and just let the Lord speak quietly to me as I listen to Him are so few. When I get a quiet evening, I always feel the need to fill it with something, anything, just to avoid having to be quiet and rest my soul in the Lord. Why do we do this?
Busyness and working hard seem almost like a drug in today’s society.
We are always trying to do more, be more, and accomplish more, and we get so used to a hectic pace of life that we forget how to rest. How sad must this make God?
I know that a lot of us are simply in busy seasons of life. Maybe you have little children, or you are working hard on a degree, or you have a demanding job. But I want to encourage you, wherever you are in life, to take time to rest in the Lord. Put away the distractions and quiet your mind for a little while. Allow God’s rest to wash over you.
When we take the time out of our busy day to invest in our relationship with God, we are actually doing what is best for us, as well as blessing the Lord! And everyone around us will also benefit, because, being full of the Lord’s love, we will be able to pour into them.
The truth is people: If we are too busy to spend time in the presence of the Lord,
We are TOO BUSY.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. | Matthew 11:28