For the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “rest.”
Sundays are known as the day of “rest.” But, what is rest? Do we even get it? Rest is the thing that redefines our day. Rest has a few hidden, or not-so-hidden, lessons wrapped up in this gift of rest.
Our Rest Lessons
- Busyness is not your friend.
- You need to take care of you.
- The endless “to do” list can wait.
- We need to set aside time to rest and reflect.
More importantly, rest reminds us that we need Jesus.
We are weary souls, who can run anywhere from here to Timbuktu in search of rest. Our weary souls need someone this world cannot deliver. Our weary souls need Jesus.
Rest has to involve Jesus. When it doesn’t, our spirits lose out on the rest it needs. Rest should be something we treat as a blessing. Like many things though – when we don’t rest, we experience the consequences of it. Rest is not only a human-thing, but a gift-thing. Even Jesus rested. After everything was created, God set aside that seventh day to rest.
It is when we rest
that we can slow down
and just celebrate
the work God has done in our lives.
Just rest. This is God’s gift for His child. We can rest and run to Him. Our souls are spent every single day on many things. Every single day, we spend our souls until we are down to nothing. It is time to be replenished. Just take time to calmly rest. However God calls you to rest, celebrate the gift of rest.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30, ESV).”