This is a word that most people hate because it eludes the idea of unproductivity.
In the “going…going…gone” mentality of society today, it appears lazy to rest and take time for yourself.
I have learned though, that rest is not a bad word, in fact, it is necessary for life.
God rested. Why shouldn’t I?
What is keeping me from taking time out of my busy schedule to refresh my soul? What is stopping me from resting my body and soul from the craziness of work etc?
The answer was simple.
I offered up the excuses of “I am too busy.” and “Everything is important.”
But the bottom line is if I do not rest, I get burnt out and then all my hard work being productive is for naught because I crash and burn.
Burnt out, I become a shell of a being striving, but failing to thrive.
Since my accident, I’ve realized the value of rest. Normal people, when they are tired, can push through and still get things do. I can’t. When I’m tired, my injuries get more pronounced. My voice slurs, my limp gets worse, and I get double vision. I NEED to schedule in rest, which is sometimes frustrating. I want to do everything, but I realize that I cannot.
Recently, I allowed myself to believe the lies that I was okay. I could handle anything life threw at me.
I could not.
Unconsciously, I stressed myself out with needing to be everything to everybody, and the people closest to me receive the brunt of my jaded sarcasm because I was not caring for myself well.
I was growing and being challenged by God, but I was not allowing time for my soul to relax and truly absorb all the wise and wonderful things He was teaching me.
This past weekend, I chose rest.
I chose sleep.
I chose to soak in the sun.
I chose to refresh my soul, allowing God and inspiring friends to pour into my soul.
Rested, I am more productive and energized because I am not stressed out and sleep deprived.
Scheduling in rest periods or Sabbath time will not be easy as life happens, but the practice of taking time out of my daily or weekly schedule to remind myself that I am valued, loved and cherished by the Creator of the Universe will benefit me in the long run.
By taking time out of my week, I remind myself that my identity is not found in all that I can accomplish.
The catch to taking a Sabbath is that the time that I devote to checking items off a list needs to be effective and useful. If not, I get stuck in the rest/rush cycle that is just as exhausting as working around the clock.
Rested and refreshed, I am reminded that I need to continue to find time to sit at the feet of the Creator.