Monday, September 28, 2015

Learning to Rest

This weekend I had the very awesome experience of resting. Now for those of you who rest comes naturally for, you may be thinking how rest could ever be an experience?? I live in the extremely busy northeast of our lovely country (the US) where most people have never even heard of the word.

My days are usually built up and jam packed with multiple to-do lists, errands, and responsibilities. No need to say "no" to anyone, cause I can always find a sliver of space in my schedule to fit that request. I am fully aware that I am over-committed, over-worked, and under rested. Yet I still trudge on because that is what I know.

After what turned into a extremely busy week, a great friend of mine asked if I wanted to hang out and TV marathon a favorite show. I jumped at the idea of spending the day with her and just relaxing. I had no plans and the thought of taking a day to rest after a crazy week seemed idyllic to me.

Now let it be known that this particular friend, very much like me, has no "off" button. We both consistently work like crazy and do whatever is asked of us. So of course within the first ten minutes of her visit, we were off and in our church office taking care of a need. While there, it actually crossed my mind to stay a bit longer and get even more work done that I knew I had to take care of.

But we were determined to spend some time resting and headed back to my house shortly there after (with of course a quick pit stop at the local ice cream place). There we sat, on my couch, for the rest of the day laughing, sharing life, and TV marathoning. It was honestly just the rest I needed.

I have to let you in on a little secret though, that rest was really difficult for me. Between the changing of every episode I would consistently think to myself, "You have things you need to write. There are errands you could be running. If you just pick up your laptop, you could totally multi-task right now." And its true, I could have multi-tasked the entire day. But I still would not be resting. 

Why is it that we think the world will stop revolving if we take a break in our lives? I know that is a constant thought I have. I'm going to let someone down. I'm not going to communicate with the people I need to get a hold of. There are a thousand things I could be doing right now. And where, that may all be true, the world will not stop because I am taking a step back for the day and resting. 

I had to open my bible later on and let this scripture really soak into my heart,

"By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing;
so on the seventh day he rested from all His work. 
Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy,
because on it He rested from all of the work of creating that He had done."

God took time to rest for an entire day after He was done creating. He stopped what He was doing and made the day a holy one. It is a blessing to be in rest. Now if the creator of the universe observed the need for resting as an important criteria of life, then why is it that I think I can abstain from it?

There are so many times I will allow the chance to rest pass me by because I have once again overloaded myself. But here's the thing, after that day of resting with my friend, the world continued moving and I still had time to complete what needed to be done. 

I need to stop allowing society to dictate my actions and start focusing on God as the center of my daily activities. If God rested (and He's our image of perfection) then I need to be taking a literal page out of His book, and rest as well. It is holy, perfect, and divine. 

Now that I have rested, I feel recharged and ready to take on the next set of tasks with more enthusiasm then even before. I'm not saying that resting will come easy from now on, but it is a lesson that God placed in front of me this weekend to help me grow in who He is.

So let us all remember the next time we have a plate loaded with a thousand projects, responsibilities, and commitments, that it is alright to take some time and rest.

Has there ever been a time where you felt like the world would end if you took a break to rest? How did you handle that situation? 
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