I love that little pink bunny. You know the one who beats on his own drum and keeps going and going and going and going. That's right the Energizer bunny. That little pink bunny who finds the power to do just about anything. He never tires, he never slows down, in fact he is able to energize a whole city in one commercial. Thump thump thump he goes. Marching along steady and sure beating on that big bass drum never stopping or slowing.
I believe Christians have gotten caught up in the Energizer bunny syndrome. It would appear from some of our actions that we feel we must keep going and going and going no matter what comes our way. We do not allow ourselves any time to remain idle. We feel we must have the power and the energy to embrace all circumstances with a steady drumbeat of righteousness and Godly character. We keep beating our own drums and marching to our own beat never stopping to consider what lies around us. We are making so much progress on our own strength and merit while beating our own drums that perhaps we feel we are invincible, even godlike.
Beat the drum, keep on moving, never tire, never slow down. Just like the energizer bunny we feel we have power to spare no matter what demands are placed on us. We continue to feel the need to give out and enlighten our darkened world so much perhaps we have failed to realize that even an Eveready battery goes dead if it is not recharged.
We have seen the commercials for Sear's Diehard batteries the ones that work in the lowest temperatures and after lights have been left on for hours. But I am here to tell you that Diehard, Eveready, and even Duracell batteries do go dead eventually. So will our spiritual batteries if we fail to stop and plug in to the only truly Eveready power source in the world, God.
And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath." Mark 2:27-28 (NKJV)
God created the Sabbath rest for man, not man for the Sabbath. We have permission to utilize the Sabbath to recharge, redirect, reflect and refresh so that we can keep on going like the energizer bunny. There are times we must plug into our source of power and get our batteries recharged. We need that connection with God in order to continue through this journey called life.
God is not a slave driver. He is not an evil task master that requires us to be like that energizer bunny who never stops or pauses. We are not robots able to continually give without refueling. Even our cars need to stop by the gas station or they too will run out of gas. Nothing, not even the energizer bunny, can continually operate at full strength and efficiency without stopping to recharge.
Taking time to recharge our spiritual batteries shows wisdom and true reliance on God. If we feel that we do not need recharging we are acting foolishly and a fool will soon be overcome by his own folly. Recharging is good for batteries as well as Christians. In fact it is required. Proper battery maintenance increases the useful life of the battery. Properly maintaining our spiritual batteries leads to a more productive and useful life as well.
We need time to redirect our lives. Hitting the pause button gives us time to take in our surroundings and reflect on the choices we have made. Taking a back seat and connecting with God gives us a different perspective on things and should cause us to redirect our lives back onto the path God has set before us.
Rest and relaxation refreshes our souls and bodies giving us a fresh attitude and ability to rise up and go again. This time there is more bounce in our step. A more pronounced beat to our drumming and a steady gait to our stride. We are once again fully aware of who we are and where we are going and why we are here.
Even the young men will become feeble and tired, and the best of them will come to the end of his strength; 31 But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:30-31 (BBE)
Take the time to rest and reflect on God all you energizer bunnies out there.