So I’m sitting in a condo, out of town, away from home, away from work, away from kids, away from distractions. It’s CRAZY quiet because my husband and our friends that we came here with are at their conference.
I am alone with coffee and quiet.
I know that God has provided this time for me to rest. I NEVER get time like this. SERIOUSLY! This is a GIFT!
So why am I so restless? Why can’t I sit here and soak this up? Why do I feel like I need to get up and do something?
I am realizing that I DON’T KNOW HOW TO REST!
Do you rest? Do you ever take time to not do anything and just sit and reflect upon the things that God has done and is doing in your life?
We are called to rest. God talks about rest OFTEN in His Word. I mean… even God stopped and took the time to rest and He was the all powerful, almighty creator of EVERYTHING!
After God created the Heavens & the Earth he took a day to rest. GOD TOOK A WHOLE DAY TO REST… I have problems taking 30 minutes to rest!
I look around me and we all are GO, GO, GO! No one stops. Even those of us that are Christians and know that God called for us to take times to rest! We fill our hours with activities that are, when you look at them, “Good” activities. We work hard at work/school. We help our families, friends, & neighbors. We serve in church with different ministries. We volunteer with community organizations.
These are all inherently “Good” things, but even “Good” things can be used to fill up our time and distract us from the things that God wants of us and for us.
I personally have an issue with finishing a project or event and then jumping right in and looking at what’s next.
Scripture tells us in Genesis 2 that God finished what he was working on and then STOPPED. Not permanently, but for a day. He rested.
When we have finished a project, event, game, season, even a day or week. We should take some time to rest and reflect. We should thank God for the things he has done. Thank Him for what he is doing at that moment. Ask Him what he wants us to do differently in the future. Then we should rest & listen.
We can’t expect to hear an answer from The Lord if we don’t take the time to stop, quiet our minds, and listen.
I am really writing this as a lecture to myself.
My ADD mind is making a list of things that I should do right now.
1. Write another blog after this one.
2. Study for my Sunday School Class.
3. Work on writing a chapter of my book.
4. Do my nails because they look gross.
5. Pull out my agenda calendar and fill out the February month of events.
But I’m not going to.
It’s going to be hard, but I’m going to sit here, drink my coffee, read a devotional or two, and rest.
Do you think I should set a timer?
Do you set aside time to rest? What does rest look like to you? Leave a comment below and tell me about it.