If any of you know me, you’ll know that my week is typically filled Monday through Friday with work in the mornings and then what most would consider “good” things during the evenings. On Monday during the school year, I play guitar for a Young Life club. Tuesdays are filled with softball or some other sport, Wednesdays are Community Group, with time for others on Thursday, maybe even practicing music for church on Sunday. Fridays are my off nights, with Saturday back at it again. It gets exhausting. I have lived the mantra “you can sleep when you’re dead.”
Many would say I’m always on the go, off and doing the next thing. In that, I’ve learned I need to be present in my surroundings, but struggle immensely. I have a hard time remembering conversations or events that take place. I spread myself so thin and take in so much information that I stop retaining it. Lack of rest and stress will do that to a man.
Though my life may be different than yours, I’m willing to bet we have a lot of similarities. My evenings are filled with “good” things. Others might be filled with friends, work functions, the occasional happy hour, also “good” things. We live in a culture that is go, go, go all the time. Be the best you can be, always strive for more. Live the American Dream! We become so busy that we forget to stop and look around us.
Matthew 11: 28-30 states:
Come to me, all 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
These verses are so, so, important to those of us that are busy and go, go, go all the time. Jesus is calling us to be with him and to rest! This isn’t an “as needed” or “back pocket” kind of thing, but is instead a way of life, a heavenly reminder that we need to slow it down. Not only that, it is a call to remember a commitment that God himself showed us by example.
Genesis 2: 2-3:
"And on the seventh day God finished His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all His work that He had done in creation."
God has shown us the need for rest. While God doesn’t need this given His might and power, we do. Otherwise, we’ll be weary and worn out creatures who don’t even know what day of the week it is.
This is a call to a regular rhythm of life, to sit and reflect, to give us life to start the week of trials ahead. This idea of rest frees us from all obligation and allows us to sit and be within creation recognizing and being with the Creator.
If we can’t find the time to rest and to be poured into, how will we ever be able to pour out?
We as humans have limitations, and when they are hit, there are far reaching consequences from broken relationships, to poor performance at work, to simply being in a bad mood. If we are to live out the Great Commission, we need time to ourselves to be with God and everything that He can and will reveal to us!
Finding the time is hard, yes, and as a single person, I control my schedule a lot easier than the mother of a newborn child. It is nevertheless important. Would you join me in learning to rest, to keep the Sabbath which God has given to us so that we can be with Him? At the end of the day, that’s all He desires, for our hearts to be aligned to His. If that’s the case, we need to rest.