Good morning everyone. It’s another beautiful Tuesday. Another day filled with possibility and hope. But if I’m going to be transparent with you all, I’m just not with it today. Nor have I been for a couple weeks. You may have noticed my slower posting schedule. I’m just tired. I’ve been feeling like there is too much on my plate. Like all the hats I’m wearing are extra heavy and off balance. There are too many things to do each day, with not enough time to do them! Are you feeling like this too? That you are too busy and in need of rest? We just don’t have the time to sleep for the recommended 8 hours each night. How can we relax and put our feet up with so much to do! Finding rest doesn’t have to be so complicated though. Not if we are finding our rest in God.
God created rest. In Genesis 2:2 God set apart the 7th day, after the 6 days he worked creating everything, to rest. He didn’t need to rest. God never gets tired or worn down. He did it to set an example for His creation to follow. He wants us to model him and rest from our work as well.
When God gave Moses the 10 Commandments he instructed the people to keep the sabbath. The sabbath was a day set aside for them to rest from their work. Not only for God’s people, but for their servants, their animals, and any other person who was within their gates (Exodus 20:10). God takes resting pretty seriously it seems!
In Mark 2:27 Jesus elaborates more on this sabbath rest idea, saying “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.” He’s telling us here that God didn’t make us to rest, like how He made us to be in relationship with Him. He made the sabbath for us, knowing that we need rest!
How do we go about finding rest in the busy and demanding lives we live? All the work we do is not bad, especially if we are doing the Lord’s work, but we all need a break sometimes! The Bible gives us that information as well.
Matthew chapter 11 verses 28-29 lays it out for us. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” God is the one to give us rest. Jesus tells us here that we can find rest for our souls when we go to Him. Spending time with God is how we find rest.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” I think that “be still” here speaks to settling in and resting in the presence of the Lord.
So when we feel overwhelmed with the busyness of life, we need to go to the Lord. When we are physically, emotionally, mentally, or otherwise drained, we need to take time to be still in His presence. We may still tend to think to ourselves that we just don’t have time to stop and be still like that, but it it necessary. We cannot pour from an empty cup. And we cannot be refilled without spending time with God.
Make sure you take a sabbath day weekly, where you set aside all the work you typically do to rest and spend time with God. No running kids to sports that day, no cleaning the house, no working on your blog or home business. Remember that if you feel worn out in between, tough, that you can still take a little time any day to rest in the presence of the Lord.
Have you been having trouble finding rest lately? What are some ways you spend your sabbath? Please share in the comments!