Much as we sometimes try to prove otherwise, humans are not perpetual motion machines. Sooner or later, like it or not, we need to stop and rest.
Why do we fight it so hard? Rest is a good thing. Physical rest. Mental rest. Emotional rest. All important. So today we encourage you to build rest into your schedule and schedule a personal Sabbath. Your weary heart, mind, and soul will be grateful.
In the creation story in the Bible God invested six days making everything and then, on the seventh day, having completed his work, he rested.
That’s right: even God took a day off. (Probably not because he was tired.)
“Up to this point, everything has been created out of nothing, but on the morning of the seventh day, God makes nothing out of something. Rest is brought into being.” (Matthew Sleeth, 24/6.)
If God thought it a good idea to stop and rest, maybe we would be wise to consider following his example. It’s not easy—especially in the non-stop, constantly connected, we-need-it-now culture we live in.
Leonardo da Vinci said, “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer.” Leo produced an impressive amount of high-quality work AND he made time for breaks.
So what does a “day of rest” look like? That’s really up to you. Some kick back with a comforting beverage and a good book, others “rest” by doing something they don’t normally get to do (taking a walk, working on a craft), there’s the curl-up-on-the-couch-for-a-binge-watching-marathon option . . . your idea of rest may not look like anyone else’s and that’s okay.
Some other ideas are:
- Declare a technology-free day. Put your phone and remote controls in a drawer and take the day connecting the old-fashioned ways: write a letter or talk face to face.
- Savor a day in silence. What will you hear when you have a whole day to do nothing but listen?
- Take a nap. Sometimes you just need more sleep.
- Enjoy time in nature admiring God’s handiwork. Breathe.
- Stroll through a museum. Slowly. Really look at the exhibits. What do you see?
- Choose a verse from the Bible and let your mind rest on it all day.
- Listen to music. Close your eyes and focus on the sounds, words (if any), and feelings.
There will always be something to do. This week—and every week—make time to just be.