Man, I heard a word last night at church and its still lingering with me today.
The Sabbath is for rest. God created everything in 6 days and on the 7th he rested. The Sabbath is an architecture of holiness.
I know I am more than guilty of always being on the go. I know you’re not supposed to say always to anything but this is the one case I have to use the word always. I Schedule. I Plan. I Execute. Its in my DNA to get things done and I keep a tight schedule. I have an actual day planner and I use my google calendar. I also manage my husband’s calendar, my church teams’ calendar and my work calendar. Some weeks are far more busy than others and some quarters I’m wondering when it will slow down! However, I’m efficient and efficient
My husband balances me. He grounds me with his spontaneity. His carefree, go with the wind, spur of the moment character drives me bonkers but at the same time it has taught me how to be in the moment and even when plans don’t go as “scheduled” everything can still go perfectly.
Sleep isn’t something I do much of, could be in my nature, could be inherited from my daddy or it could be the busy lives we live. Some days I may get 4 hours of sleep if I’m lucky and I’m not a napper. I don’t like napping, it makes me wake up grouchy! LOL However, my husband has a 3rd degree in sleeping and napping. He loves to sleep and take naps.
God rested on the 7th day. God placed his blessing on the seventh day.
“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” – Genesis 2:2-3
For you to be God’s holy people you have to rest.
If all we do is go, go, go we will get burned out. I’ve been there and done that before. I remember in the beginning of 2015 my dear girlfriend said to me after two months of crippling migraines that put me in the hospital, “Krystle, you must rest, you must find rest in Jesus and you must slow down for the world will always be there but you have to take care of you.” Im learning everyday to slow down, rest, say “no” and monitor my commitments.
See, we think resting means that God is putting us on restriction, like he is putting us in time out. This world has bred us to believe that we are only worth what we can produce. Make a living, make more of a living, chase the “American Dream”, be here, do this, keep going forward. I have been guilty for so long of saying “Ill rest when I die” I have too much to accomplish in this world. My focus, my ambition, its far too great to rest. In life there is always a clock and always a deadline.
In this last year and a half of our lives I have been forced to learn rest, I have submitted to rest and I have learned the importance of rest. Most recently, after my c-section 6 weeks ago I was told I had to rest, I couldn’t do anything, lift anything and needed to stay in bed. Pssshhhhh, I told myself I would be back on my feet in a week’s time! hahahah What the heck did I know? I couldn’t even move for the first few weeks and was in so much pain. Sleep didn’t come easy because the recovery was filled with pain. I cancelled all, and I mean all, of my engagements and appointments for July. with a bit of hesitation I listened to my husband, my family, my friends and the doctors. Some of the purposed items were so important to me. But, I had to realize my health and recovery were more important. It took me a few weeks before I began reading my bible again and reading devotion each day. Then I began to find peace and rest in him, in his word. I talked with God, cried to God, spent time with him in his word. I realized that everyone was right, I needed rest. More importantly, we need our rest in God.
“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat- for he grants sleep to those he loves.” – Psalms 127:2
Plan and purpose the time for God and the time for rest. Rest is found in Jesus. God is just looking for us to turn some stuff off and spend time with God. Your family, your kids, your friends are just looking for you to turn some stuff off and spend quality time with them.
We get home late most days, since I haven’t been on my phone/social media/etc… all day I use the time when I get home to catch up on all the things I’ve missed all day while at work. I should be shutting off the world and spending time with my husband, resting and recharging for the next day. I have to work on this every day. I have to purpose myself each morning to pray with my husband, read my devotional and spend time with God before I go to work. I have to catch myself trying to rush off to the day and say “stop, this is far more important, it only takes a few minutes.” I have felt more peace by beginning my day with God then I have ever felt before.
God is peace, in his presence we are in the presence of peace. When we come away we are refreshed, renewed and have a steady heart. Rest is contrasting to the culture of your life; to rest is something this culture isn’t into. You win the war of rest by learning to win the battles. Turn off your phone, the TV, the world, take off the weekend. You have to learn to be ruthless when defending your rest. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your rest, for why you didn’t respond to their calls/texts/emails/IM’s/Twitter/FB/IG, etc… in 2.1 seconds. That’s your time to disconnect and get away from the world.
Efficiency isn’t God’s greatest goal for my life. I will continue to work on resting, finding rest, disconnecting and making time for what’s really important in this ever busy world!
Find your time with God. Be present in the moment, disconnect from the business and find God’s peace and blessings.
My jam: Jesus Bring The Rain – MercyMe