“When I am resting because my body is weak, I need to remember that I’m not wasting the day doing nothing. I am doing exactly what I need to do. I’m recovering.” – Author Unknown
Our busy lives and packed schedules leave us so overwhelmed that we miss opportunities to simply enjoy life.
You and I are being lured by our crazy busy lives, trying to do anything and everything except rest, when all we really want is to have a good life.
The Promise of Rest.
The great irony is that, we can’t have the abundant life that is promised to us without rest.
In fact, rest is the promise we have by surrendering our busyness to take on God’s purpose for our lives.
In Isaiah 30:15 NLT, the Lord says “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength.”
I love the Message version of the same verse which says, “Your salvation requires you to turn back to me and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves. Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me.”
The truth is, we can’t find rest apart from God. In order to find rest in the midst of our crazy busy lives, we must intentionally stop and seek out the path that leads to a well-rested life.
Jeremiah 6:16 NLT says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.
The Importance of Rest.
Rest is not for weaklings. It is not a waste of time. Nor an excuse to be lazy.
Rest recharges, reenergizes, rejuvenates, refreshes, renews, restores us when we feel depleted. It helps us recover from where we’ve expended ourselves in the daily demands of life.
Without periods of rest, we will not be able to endure the daily grind of life.
A chronic lack of rest makes us become more short-tempered, more disgruntled, and more disconnected.
You can’t please anyone including yourself when you’re too busy and burned out.
The Courage to Choose Rest.
Finding rest means learning to say no. It means having limits with ourselves and others. It takes strength and courage to walk away from good in the pursuit of better.
Rest is certainly not a waste of time. And if we’re being honest, it is deeply necessary and what we need to live our best life.
It takes courage to choose rest, when the world tells you to medicate in a million other ways.
The normal vices we naturally go to, in order to temporarily relieve our stress and exhaustion such spas, sleep, vacation and medication do not give us genuine rest.
Trust me friend, genuine rest only comes from a dependence on God and a confident trust that He will lead you to the path of life. The good, rich, satisfying and abundant life that He has promised. A well-rested life.
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