“Your coming straight to bed?”, my husband asks in shock, “not even bringing your kindle to read?”
“I’m exhausted.” I reply.
Lately, my schedule has run me ragged. My days start early and end late. As I pursue this dream of writing, I have been adding daily journaling, blog design, web development and a training schedule to a list that already includes my roles of:
- Sales and Marketing Director of a Supportive Living Community
- Chief financial officer of my home
- Household upkeep and maintenance
- Church Volunteer
- Community Volunteer
- Band Booster Secretary
- Workout & Weight loss champion (kinda)
- all other duties as assigned.
I’m married to a man whose roles include:
- Production worker owning lots of OT
- CEO of discount mowing service for elderly
- Primary Chef in Landrusland
- After school car pool king for the kiddos
- Homework coach
- Household Maintenance and upkeep (yes, it takes both of us)
- A phone call away from saving the day
- All other duties as assigned
Sound familiar? Can you relate to our chaos?
Sure, your roles may differ a bit from ours, but the bottom line is this:
We live in an overwhelmed society!
The idea of taking intentional time to rest gets farther away from the top of my priority list. Rest equates to lost work time. Lost work time equates to the possibility that someone might get ahead of me and gain an advantage. It means a tic mark left unchecked on my to do list. It means that someone might perceive me as lazy and carefree instead of driven and successful.
But what does God say about rest?
“By the Seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it Holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
According to God, seeking the Sabbath is important! If the mighty creator of the universe requires rest then so do I!
There remains, then, a Sabbath- rest for the people of God for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.
So when do you enter in rest from your works? I find my Sabbath best met on Saturday. A friend of mine who is a Pastor’s wife & youth leader experiences her refreshment on what she calls #recoverymonday. Nothing defines the Sabbath as Sunday, but as the seventh day. In theory, the idea of traveling together for church service is great. Then, a lunch that magically prepares itself followed by a nap and an evening of quiet family time. Reality is that our family is up early for church and head that way in separate vehicles to accommodate our volunteer commitments. We come together for lunch and hopefully a little downtime. Then, the older two kids head to youth while the hubby, youngest and I begin our preparation for a new week.
Again, when do you enter into rest from your works?
This is something I plan to begin scheduling week by week as an intentional effort to take a break from life. I know that this is not a perfect solution. We all have seasons of chaos that prevent us from taking more than a few moments of rest in an otherwise crazy schedule. However, if crazy is your norm, it may be best to start creating some whitespace in your schedule.
Then the Lord replied, “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.”
Let’s talk about how to rest. True rest comes from God. How we rest is as unique as you are from me. The bible defines rest as a break from work or toil. For me, this is a nap on the couch or a picnic in the park with my family. Reading a new book in the hammock, beach day or a hike. Sometimes, it’s as simple as reading a book at the lake on my lunch hour. Desperately needed moments of escape from my reality.
How can you seek the Sabbath today?
The Sabbath is simply about taking time to refresh and renew. Recharge your battery. Reconnect with God. Calm and rejuvenate. Kick start your creative juices. When resting, you’re to do list doesn’t go away, but, you can trust that God is going to give you exactly what you need to handle it when you return.
So go! Rest. We’ll be right here, waiting, when you return!
What is your favorite way to break from your busy? What are some great escapes that bless you & your crew? Workaholics (like me) want to know!
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