In Genesis we learn that God weaves into the very fabric of creation a time to rest. Without rest and a reflection period we won’t grow we will just run
ourselves dry. Today I was confronted with what it really means to rest and I began to question what it was that I was truly resting in. As I listened to a podcast from Christine Caine and began to think back over the things I have been learning the past few weeks I faced a reality check that needed to be addressed.
If you spend any time with me you’ll know that I have a tendency to complain about how tired I always am or that my schedule is just to busy…yes I am that girl. Don’t judge me. Because of this I justify my laziness. …”I’ve been at work all day so I’m just going to lay down”, “it’s been a long week I’m going to “rest” and watch Netflix instead”. These are just a few of the scenarios that have played out. All the while I’m neglecting precious time that I could be using to invest in the lives of others. Now don’t get me wrong here I’m not saying there is anything wrong with catching up on your favorite show but in my life personally I was misusing my resting period.
So today as I’m listening to this podcast on the definition of rest she states that “rest does not mean the absence of an activity”. What? If rest doesn’t mean I get to be lazy and do nothing then what exactly does it mean? Well here it is. Rest is an act of something that replenishes you, brings refreshment and rejuvenation. Not something that depletes you…cough cough binge watching netflix in my case. I mean seriously, I rarely feel refreshed after laying in my bed staring at a screen all day, if not more drained then how I started.
Now the reality that needed to be faced was this. I need, no I must, find my rest in the unchanging love, never ceasing grace, and supernatural strength of Christ!
Rest is not a term to justify my laziness it is a time to be spiritually rejuvenated in Christ. A time set apart to deeply pursue The Lord and reflect on the week, whether that be going for a run, talking over coffee with a friend, or spending time in prayer. Furthermore I began to acknowledge that I often use my tiredness or busy schedule as an excuse for not spending time in scripture. During the school semester I have found a common theme around many people that I talk to. We seem to struggle with finding joy and rest in Christ with all of the other things going on around us that pull for our attention. But get this in John 14 Jesus says “peace I will leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled.” He goes on to say in John 15 “as the father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Fathers commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you that my joy be in you, and that your joy may be full.” How crazy is that! We don’t have to fight for peace and joy in our crazy and messy lives, Christ has already provided us with peace and joy if only we choose to rest in Him! May I choose to use my time wisely and use it to rest in the love of Christ and to pursue his people instead of my own silly desires.
Trust in The Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear The Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Proverbs 3.