As I sit in front of my computer contemplating the meaning of rest, I realize and have to admit that I really need it. I was so excited to find a new place to link-up and share this morning with a wonderful group of bloggers (hosted by Kate at Heading Home).
I proceeded to spend a little quiet time reflecting while I went out into the beautiful new-summer weather to water my plants and feed my little hummingbirds. Then I came in and attempted to do something technical, and after what seems like way too long, I am feeling frustrated and overwhelmed. I am frustrated that I have so much trouble with technical things, and overwhelmed because my day is quickly going by and I feel behind.
Am I the only one who has days or moments like this?
“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
– Matthew 11:29 (NLT)
How appropriate to write about the word “rest” today! And I find it even more timely to be given the opportunity and the challenge of writing for five minutes without editing. For this recovering perfectionist, that’s big. And it begins to speak to me of what rest is really all about.
What is true rest, and why is it such a struggle to find it in our modern lives?
I know that for myself, rest is primarily about two things, which are intricately related. It’s about my relationship with God my father, first and foremost, and secondly, it’s about caring for myself.
In order to experience true rest, I need to stop and do just that…..rest.
My first priority is to spend time with the One who knows and loves me, because he created me. I need to take time to listen for his still, small voice and read the Letter he left for me. The Bible is truly the personal road map for my life.
When we spend with Christ, both talking and listening to him, we will find true rest for our souls in his quiet presence.
I also believe that in a practical sense, we also need to give ourselves permission to rest. No; we need to make sure we prioritize rest. Especially as women, we have a natural tendency to take care of everyone and everything, and while this is a God-given gift, it can easily become an overwhelming responsibility.
The need for sleep, quietness and time alone, time with people who love and encourage us, doing something creative, taking care of our health, and sometimes getting away from it all, is something we cannot take too lightly. Even our Creator set the example to take time to rest.
In truly resting, we will find our true selves, our purpose, and the motivation and energy to live a life of purpose that glorifies God.
Lord, help me to trust you and find rest.
I’m linking up today (for the first time), with a wonderful group of bloggers on Five Minute Fridays. Please join me here and see what some others have to say about today’s word of the week.