I have been really tired lately; exhausted really. So have a lot of others apparently. JavaDawn has been engaging us in a discussion of rest. This has led to me examining rest in my own life.
In order for me to understand rest in its proper perspective, I need to know what God says about rest. Obviously, rest can be indulged in to a sinful extreme; but that doesn’t mean that the Bible says to avoid it altogether.
Rest, specifically Sabbath rest, is a holy thing. An example set by God in Creation Week and commanded by God for us to do likewise in the Ten Commandments. In my search for Biblical rest, I found that sometimes God called people to do tasks which would exhaust them. (Ex 17:11-12, 2 Sam 23:9-10) I found many examples of God promising rest (Jer. 31:25 or Mt. 11:28-30 for example). I found that if I do not accept the rest God offers, that faith itself becomes a list of rules and must-do’s; and that I set myself up to become ensnared by the Enemy of my soul (Is 28:12-13). Finally, I found encouragement to continue on in those things God has called me to (Gal. 6:9, 2 Thes. 3:13)
The next step was to examine those things in my life which make me feel rested. I identified a few right off the bat.
(1) Spending time with my husband and talking with him. John and I are looking for ways to really value and protect this time.
(2) Peace in our home.
(3) A clean home. As hard as it is for me to do, I think it’s time to simplify. It will be much easier on all of us to “do our chores” when there isn’t so much clutter to conquer.
(4) Time to read. Sundays after church is a great time to do this, if I can resist the temptation to finish my work which didn’t get done during the week.
This is an ongoing search. I welcome your feedback.