Rest. This word is delicious, laced with refreshed ease and the joyous repose of sleep. It relieves weariness and halts the exertion of laborious efforts while providing unexpected grace that can lend itself easily to others when practiced. It is a powerful word and an essential action, yet we can find ourselves chasing it as if a dream.
Many of us comprehend the importance of rest, yet it is rare that we consider it *to do list worthy. We sometimes view it as something to do after everything else is done and therefore, rendering it as an afterthought. I have come to understand, more so in the past few years, that crashing, is very different than having true rest. I tend to go go, go, go… until I no longer have strength and then crash. This is no way to live, and while I agree that rest is taking a break when needed, it is just as important to plan rest and be more proactive about it.
" And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." - Mark 2:27 ESV
Rest was given to us as a gift, and God showed the importance of it when putting aside a special day just for this important component of creation. He did not need rest, but He knew that we would! The Sabbath is an example for us to categorically perceive that we need time apart from our usual responsibilities; time to rest physically and spiritually. Hebrews 4:9-11 says, “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest…”
--- Take some time this week to talk with your *people and carve out time for rest on your calendar, It might sound like the opposite of rest, but carving out time for rest creates a domino affect of unwrapping availability for those around you, for when burdens are light and the spirit is refreshed, great things happen. Don't be afraid to accept the gift of the sabbath, the gift of rest, so that you can also start to unwrap availability, grow in your relationship with Jesus and be the person who God has intended you to be.