Is rest difficult for you? How about slowing down? Maybe you feel like if you stop, you will end up falling behind or that the world will crumble around you. I’ve been there, and it’s exhausting. When someone first stopped and introduced me to the reality that not only is resting (or taking a Sabbath) a command from the Lord (check out Exodus 20:8-11) but it’s truly for our good, my entire walk with Christ changed—for the better!
Work can be an idol that steals our affections from the Lord subtly and quickly. When we go without rest, we begin worshiping the things that we put our efforts and energies into, instead of the One who created us. Work is a good thing, but the Lord so clearly calls His people to make rest a part of our lives.
Have you ever thought about the fact that God Himself modeled this for us when He created the earth? On the seventh day He rested. He stopped. He reflected. He didn’t have to—He’s GOD! He didn’t get tired or overwhelmed, but He wanted His people to see the importance of slowing down.
Resting is hard, especially if you struggle with slowing down. It’s WORK. The beauty and the gift that comes from intentionally creating space for rest is the beautiful gift of deeper love and admiration for the Lord. Those things you need to get done will still be there and those people you worry you might let down don’t need you to be superwoman.
Be intentional about building rest into your week by carving out a specific day that you will stop and just be. Choose a day where you can get away to reflect, recharge, and abide with your Savior. You will quickly discover, as I did, that when you rest, you are able to tackle your task lists better and that you truly become the woman God called you to be.