Does it ever seem as though life were flying by, yet standing stone still – all at the same time? Between sickness and unexpected events in our home, that’s what these past two weeks have been like. Where did these two weeks go? But amongst the crazy, we also experienced some deep rest. (Lots of snuggling up to my sick little lady, while praying she doesn’t share.) God has been speaking (though not audibly) so many things to my heart during this time. One of which has been – Rest.
What do you think of when you hear the word rest? Is it a rare novelty? Unattainable? Is rest somewhat of a forced Biblical command, one you feel obliged to respect once a week? Or perhaps rest is a reward, as if it were earned? A necessary evil? Or maybe, by the grace of God you are a “Rest in the Lord” Rock Star!
I understand that the Sabbath is something God commands of us, it is necessary and good. As this season of life gets fuller and fuller, for me, rest seems to be something that I need and desire to build in to our life. We need margin to breathe. If we are not mindful, that margin slips awfully fast. My kids need to have down time, where there are no expectations, time to simply be. Me too. Over the past few years I’ve gotten better about it, resting. It doesn’t look the same each week, or even each day. But it’s something I now place a much higher value on.
An interesting observation about rest was recently brought to my attention. In the creation story, Adam was created on the sixth day. The very next day he rested, with God. Adam didn’t work and then earn his day of rest, that was the first thing he did! There wasn’t anything man or woman had to do in order to earn rest, it was a gift. A Sabbath gift, to rest with God. Time to simply be, and be in relationship with Him. Time to worship and get to know the Creator.
If we are not careful, rest is a gift that often goes unwrapped. It’s an invitation to be still and know, to trust, and to honor God. Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.” (AMP) This gift of rest, being still before God, is at the heart of His desire for personal relationship with us. I believe God’s first love language may be quality time.
What does rest in the Lord look like for you?