Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. Psalm 116: 7
The days are getting longer, the sun is shining, & birds are chirping happily. Springtime will soon be here. I’ve been reflecting this past week on the importance of rest and a season of stillness. In the past few years I have come to appreciate the beautiful stillness that accompanies the long Wisconsin Winter.
Now, don’t get me wrong my heart longs for days filled with sunshine, digging in the dirt, picnics, farm markets and fresh cut flowers. But there is a deep contentment and purpose in a season of rest.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:8-11
We were simply not created to go, move and make it happen twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, fifty-two weeks a year. Yes, we were created to work hard, but we were called to rest well.
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27
A regular rhythm of rest is a reflection of a flourishing life. True rest allows us to serve wholeheartedly and use our gifts to bring God glory.
But, real rest is more than knitting on a quiet afternoon with a cup of tea at hand, it’s a sabbath of the soul.
So, the big question is, How can we rest well? In this crazy, beautiful life we have been given? How can we let go of busy and embrace beautiful rest?
I wish I had an easy answer, perhaps “5 simple steps to embracing rest”. But friends, true, soul giving rest can only beg with surrender. It begins with the confession that you are not in control. When we put aside our to-do list and replace it with rest, we take a step of faith. Rest reminds us that we are not in control and draws us closer to the one who is.
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
Be still sweet friend, let go of control and embrace the true rest that can only come from our amazing God.
*Incorporating rest into the rhythm of your daily life.
- True rest begins with a quiet, surrendered heart. Take a moment to pause and be still. Confess any fears, worries and struggles you are facing.
- What brings you rest? Make a list and incorporate a few of these items into your schedule next week. Sign up for the cooking class, go for that hike, or read that novel you have been looking forward to.
- Are you in a particularly full season? Embrace it friend, lean on His grace and know that it won’t last forever. Consider scheduling a long weekend trip (or staycation), make a priority to have extended time of rest in your schedule.