My husband is on Sabbatical and I am learning a lot about rest. Here’s a few of the musings I have been thinking about:
1.Rest is valuable.
Without rest all kinds of bad happens. We are not our best selves. We’re more easily stressed, confused and anxious plus it’s harder to think clearly. No wonder it’s one of the 10 commandments. Why do we give such attention and honor to all the others, but kind of sweep this one under the rug?
2.Only you can rest for you.
Resting is something you can’t do for someone else. You can’t hire it done. You can’t offer it or ask for it. It’s personal. You either invest in rest or your don’t.
3.Rest must be regular.
You can’t really save up in advance or make up for lost rest (though many teenagers will argue that). For the most part rest needs to be consistent and works best with rhythmic patterns like daily, weekly, seasonally and even on a 7 year/3month plan like my husband is experiencing right now.
4. Rest is a parenthesis.
When writing, a parenthesis is used to show an off topic remark or a tangental remark. It’s a proven fact that when you are reading, you treat looking at a parenthesis like a rest. When we rest in life, we must pause from our norm and release ourselves from the intentionality of work. Not just the actual doing of work, but this practice needs to include intentionally not talking or thinking about work as well. It’s harder than you think and not often actually practiced. Rest requires focus and release.
5. Rest is best when chosen and not required.
If you wait till you NEED to rest. It’s already been too long. We probably all have friends that have ended up in some kind of forced rest because they were not caring for their souls or bodies in the way they should have been. Super easy to judge. Not so easy to implement.
6.Working from a place of rest is a Kingdom principle, rather than working in order to deserve a rest.
My norm prior to this period of Sabbatical was a work~rest rhythm that wasn’t necessarily bad, but wasn’t as good as it could be. I am beginning to understand the difference of working from rest instead of for it. Again, this is an easy mental assent, but much trickier to actually practice. Think of it this way:
- Orphans/slaves work in hope of a rest.
- Workers work to deserve a rest.
- Sons work best to honor their Father from the place of rest He offers.
- Partners/friends delight in life and the overflow changes the world.
7.Rest is always available.
It’s a choice and it can be a lifestyle.It comes in many sizes. It could be a close as a breath away if you close your eyes and focus on Him.
8.Rest demands humility.
The bottomline question that keeps us from rest is really “If I rest, who is going to get all this done?!” Humility keeps us in check. It builds trust that God is really the only irreplaceable part of any succesful plan. We get to work with Him.
9.God’s plan for rest is a gift for our benefit, not to test us.
God has good things in store for us. When we still our soul to listen to Him, to enjoy life, to walk with Him, to enjoy the beauty of the world around us we see things differently. We get creative. We slow down and get more done. We love life and stop taking things so seriously. When we see Sabbath commands as tests we miss out on His intention to connect with us in wondrous ways. Gritting our teeth and not working on Sundays or whenever we should be pausing while wishing we could “get more done” is counterproductive. Rest is designed for our good.
How about you?:
- How rested do you feel right this minute?
- What’s your rest~work rhythm like?
- How do you fair at truly pausing and putting a parenthesis on your rest times?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on rest! Feel free to share your insights 🙂