As I continue to consider the idea of rest, I realize one of the reasons why we struggle with rest. The world tells us that we are to be busy, busy, busy. Surely Scriptures even encourage us not to be lazy or idle. However, that does not mean we do not rest. I also realize that the world tells us to be busy and Jesus was about his Father’s business, seemed to be on the go constantly. Jesus was busy. But God also instituted the Sabbath. Something I believe we are forgetting or not learning to practice. Could it be we have already lost the art of taking “a day of rest”? I am not talking about what we conclude we can and cannot do on a Sunday. I am referring to an extended time in which our plates are clear and our focus is on Jesus. God worked six days and rested on the seventh. Most of us work five days and continue at breakneck speed all weekend, stunned when we wake up and it is Monday morning already. We end up physically and spiritually exhausted. The easiest, and perhaps the hardest, thing for us to do is to add rest to our schedule just as we would any other appointment. I mean, intentionally add rest to our schedule, not just come to a point in the day when we happen to be caught up and can take a breath or naturally collapse into our beds. Some have suggested going so far as scheduling our quiet time, literally writing it on the calendar. Maybe we really need to follow that advice. I would think we can take meaningful steps to clear our Sundays or another day off to plan on rest. What do you do on Sunday that, with a bit more planning, could be done on another day? Regardless of our need for physical or spiritual rest we would do well to take the time we need to be replenished.
In his book, Crazy Busy, Kevin DeYoung speaks of three dangers of busyness. 1. Busyness can rob us of our joy. 2. Busyness can rob our hearts. 3. Busyness can cover up the rot in our hearts. Have you lost your joy? Does your heart feel empty? Do you use your frantic pace to cover up issues that need to be dealt with? Perhaps then our need is for some rest, not one more thing to do.
Blessings, Kathy Withers
Kathy’s on staff at America’s KESWICK in the Development Department. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 28 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and has taught Sunday School and Bible Studies for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.