A Time for Rest

by Jackie M. Johnson

God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:3 HCSB

Rest is not a four-letter word. OK, technically it is, but it is not a bad word. Nonetheless, our culture seems to prize work and being busy. There always seems to be so much to do and never enough time.

Indeed, to work is right and responsible. We are to use our time and talents wisely to make a living, advance the kingdom and glorify God with all he has given us. But for many, we are driven by the have to, ought to, and shoulds of life to do more and to be more. Every day is like running on a hamster wheel, and we can’t seem to get off of it.

Thankfully, I am learning that life is more than work, chores, and errands. And I don’t need to feel guilty when I take time to replenish. In fact, when I take time to renew my mind, my body and my soul, I can be more effective—for myself and for those I serve.

Mostly, I am learning that the number of checkmarks on my endless “To Do” list do not determine my worth and value. In God’s eyes, I am enough. I don’t have to prove anything or earn favors. It’s all grace.

God values rest. He rested from all his work of creating the entire universe. He didn’t do this because He was tired. His power is eternal. He rested as an example for us to follow, because we humans need rest. His admonishment for us to rest is a gift that I, for one, plan to unwrap and use daily.

Every day I ask God what he wants me to accomplish. I ask him to empower me and help me do my best. Then, when my head finally hits the pillow at night, I can feel satisfied and content. I can rest.

Lord, thank you for the gift of rest. Help me to value it, and know that when I take time to replenish, I can be a better version of myself for those I love and serve. And I can honor you as I obey. Show me what real rest looks like, and empower me to find balance in work, rest, and all the other areas of my life.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Jackie M. Johnson is an accomplished author and blogger who inspires readers worldwide with hope-filled and encouraging content. Jackie is the author of Power Prayers for Women, the breakup recovery resource, When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton Is Empty and Praying with Power When Life Gets Tough. Jackie’s is member of CAN (Christian Authors Network). Connect with Jackie at www.jackiejohnsoncreative.com.

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2 thoughts on “A Time for Rest

  1. I love how Moses puts it in the very last verse of Ps. 90.— “Establish the work of my hands for me—oh yes, establish the work of my hands!”

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  2. I was raised to believe “rest was a four letter word”. In my childhood home, getting caught taking a nap when I was a teen was grounds for my mother to shout at me to wake me up, and then promptly be given some chores to do. Not surprisingly, I carried this thinking into adulthood.
    My Father was a Psstry chef who worked an inhumane amount of hours and the value of working hard was one prized above all else.
    As a result, I never enjoyed resting and felt it a waste of time.
    So when I started getting sick and in lots of pain in my early 20’s, and very much needing God’s gift of rest, accepting it was difficult for me. Then came my 30’s and I got diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that lists extreme fatigue as it’s most experienced symptom. No matter what I’m experiencing in life, I always try to find the silver lining. I can tell you that having MS has forced me to slow down, something I don’t think I would have ever done on my own volition. Nowadays I have to rest more than a baby. My life has slowed down greatly. The silver lining in that is I have lots of time to commune with our Father, and I notice all ther small things, I couldn’t see when I was on that perpetual hamster wheel. By living this way, I can stay in gratitude, which keeps me from feeling sorry for myself. I take whatever comes with Grace given to me from Our Lord and Savior. I wake up each day grateful for the many gifts I am given. For a life that allows me to rest my body as much as needed. God is so good to me.

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