Rest. Rest in the Lord. Rest on Sunday. I don’t have enough time to rest. Who needs rest? Go, go, go; no rest! Rest time is quiet time. If only I could rest… You should rest for a while.
Those are some of the ways I hear the word REST used.
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Rest: “to cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength”
And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. -Genesis 2:2
God even rested after he was done creating creation. He didn’t need to recover strength, I’m sure, but he enjoyed His creation and rested from the work!
One of His many gifts to us is the capacity and permission to rest. He knew way beforehand that our finite bodies need to rest after working. Thank Him for sleep!
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “inadequate rest impairs the ability to think, to handle stress, to maintain a healthy immune system, and to moderate emotions. Maintained total sleep deprivation is fatal in some animal species” (From WHO Meeting in Europe on Sleep and Health)
Lately, my husband and I have been going going and going. We both work full time (although I’m almost done with my job!), have a baby due in 4 weeks, have a house to finish reconstruction on before the baby comes, and are figuring out what I’m going to do while staying at home with our child in the next few months. Also, this blog. There’s always something to be done, whether that’s cooking dinner, cleaning rooms, organizing furniture and belongings, drafting blog posts, posting on social media, hanging out with family and friends, reading for pleasure, or troubleshooting internet issues.
It is easy for me to get discouraged about all that I am not accomplishing. I internally feel guilty sometimes for resting when I know I have much to get done. Those thoughts are lies!
God designed us to take rest from work or to take a Sabbath (abstinence from work) and wants us to! Read the 10 commandments.
Because I am pregnant, my stamina is lower than usual. This is humbling and leads me to trust God to take care of me. My worth is not in how much I get done during the day or week; it is in Christ.
We are in the midst of baby showers, preparing for a baby to live in our house, and my last few weeks at work. God is teaching me how to rest, how to rest in Him, in this busy season.
Acknowledge Him as creator, sovereign, and my Savior. Acknowledge my weakness. Acknowledge I am nothing without Christ. I need Him.
Something that has been an encouragement during this season of life is the women’s bible study that I go to through our church. Over the last two months, a group of about 15-20 women and I have been studying Galatians using a book called Galatians: Experiencing the Grace of Christ (John Stott Bible Studies). God has used this to teach me that all I need is Christ. Everything good I do is through Christ in me. What grace He has shown! The bible study book is pretty short and packed with notes on the scripture. I definitely recommend it to anyone who needs to rest in Christ alone. Paul’s story is amazing and God gets all the glory.