Rest – Part 1

For the last several years, it has been a popular thing to do to pray towards the end of the year and ask God to give you a “word” for the upcoming year. I’ve done that in the past – I even bought a book one year that was supposed to help me hear the word God was giving me. At the end of 2019, I decided I would not ask God to give me a word because I never seemed to connect with that word after January. Kind of like those resolutions we make and don’t stick with them much past January, if that long. (And yes, I do realize we are almost half-way through February, but bear with me here!)

Early in January, I was scrolling through FaceBook and saw a link where I could click and receive a “word” for the year. (I don’t advise you to click on those types of links – I read recently that scammers and hackers can get all kinds of information on you just by you clicking that type of link.)

Anyway, I clicked and my word popped up. The word was “rest.” And I thought to myself, “How very appropriate.” Because I was tired. Physically, emotionally, spiritually, and every other way imaginable, tired. Drained. Beyond exhaustion.

Now, since this wasn’t a spiritual site that I clicked through, I can’t say this word was from God. And yet, I can imagine had I asked him for a word, it would have been rest.

So what does the word rest mean? Merriam-Webster tells us that rest is defined as “a bodily state characterized by minimal functional and metabolic activities”; “freedom from activity or labor”; “a state of motionlessness or inactivity”; “peace of mind or spirit.”

I have thought, and continue to think about what this rest looks like for me. Certainly, it means better sleep, as I rarely sleep a full night. Some nights I only sleep two or three hours. Other nights I might sleep four or five. But since I’ve started pondering about rest, I have had occasional nights of sleeping eight, nine, and even ten hours on one occasion. What a difference a good night’s sleep will make! But I’ve also learned that if I need a nap, I’ll take a nap in the afternoon. Just enough to refresh me for the rest of the afternoon/evening.

But the important thing is what does rest look like to God? Over the next several posts, I will look at that and share with you my thoughts.

Please feel free to leave your comments and share with me and others how you obtain rest.

2 thoughts on “Rest – Part 1”

  1. You have hit the nail on the head! So many women are overwhelmed with their work load, balancing work, home, and family responsibilities. Society is unmerciful, demanding perfection none of us can achieve, and then chastising us when we fail. We so fear losing face that we clean parts of our house no one will see, cook elaborate meals when simple would do, and buy fashionable clothes we can’t afford rather than be out of style. Jesus said we are “like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, and saying, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we mourned to you, and you did not lament.’” (Matthew 11:16-17). You can never please society but you can please God! He is satisfied when we try but fail, do the best we can even when it’s not great, and give up because we’re exhausted. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7). I try to keep up a running dialogue with God, like “What do You want me to do next? Do you mind if I rest a while? Is this good enough?” When we are living to please God, He lightens the load and slows down the pace. The Holy Spirit becomes our guide and He is with us through everything. At the end of the day, we will have peace because we will have pleased Him even if not everyone else.

    1. Peggy, thank you so much for your comment! I love the idea you keep a “running dialouge” with God. That is such a wonderful way of staying close to him throughout the day and evening.

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