The Importance Of Rest

“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”
Genesis 2:2

It is currently 5 AM as I’m typing this (no, not my normal “wake hour”) and I’m wishing there was technology that could read my thoughts and put them on paper/screen, so that...

1. I don’t have to physically get up to do it. 

2. My thoughts are way faster than my typing skills.

You know when you’re trying to sleep and you’re just wishing your mind would rest, but it won’t? That’s me right now.

But as I laid in bed trying to go back to sleep (unsuccessfully), I remembered a period of time this summer when I got “weirdly sick” and was forced to rest. I say “weirdly sick”, because I don’t get sick often and if I do it’s only 1-2 days and then it's over. This time however, it lasted for a week. I felt fatigue, achy, and had a slight fever.

I don’t like being sick, because it makes me feel limited. I want to be able to “go,go,go” on my own terms, instead of having to slow down.

I was getting frustrated, because I would slow down, begin to feel better, and then naturally I decide it’s time to speed up again. I would then begin to feel sick once again and be forced to go rest. This continued until finally I told my cousin “I feel like God is trying to teach me something… I think He’s teaching me to rest.” After that, I focused more on resting and I slowly began to feel 100%. It was a process. (Which I’m not a fan of.)

It’s important that in our busy lives, we take time to rest. Work is important. School is important. People are important. But YOU are also important. You have to take care of you and remember there is a time for go and a time for rest.

It’s okay to rest. It’s okay to have “me time” and be alone. It doesn’t make you a bad person, Christian, friend, wife, mother, etc.

It took me this period of “forceful rest” to understand the importance. It’s not that I don’t like to rest (because I do!), but I want it to be by my choice. And sometimes I forget it’s okay to make that choice.

It's easy for me to get caught up in doing for others, that I forgot to do for myself. We hear it all the time but it’s true… how do we expect to pour into others, if we are empty ourselves? You can’t pour from an empty vessel.

Remember: It’s okay to slow down, find rest, and recharge.

Jesus even invites us to rest. He tells us to come to Him when we are weary, broken, stressed and He WILL give us rest. Rest and peace come solely from Jesus. He is the peace-giver. So when your mind won't stop, go to Jesus. When you're stressed, go to Jesus. When you're unsure about the future, got to Jesus. 

He has given us an open invitation, so don't feel like you can't be honest with Him. He already knows, He just needs a willing and faithful heart.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

So most of all, I pray that you may find rest, even in the busiest of days.