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Topic: Rest (06/14/04)

By Tami Wyant


Do you ever feel like you're stuck in high gear...always on the go...never reaching the end of your 'to do' list? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by the seemingly endless barrage of chores, tasks and obligations that fill your schedule and take up so much of your precious time? Do you find yourself trying to do 'one more thing' that inevitably leads to 'just one more thing'? Do you lay awake nights thinking about the things you didn't accomplish that you had hoped to or making a mental plan of attack for tomorrow's onslaught of 'must do's?

In a world where we are so often judged by how much we are able to do in a certain period of time, how much more we can accomplish than the person next to us, how much more we can achieve than our coworkers or competitors, how much better we can do this, that and the other than the others around us...well, it can be difficult to think of rest in a positive light. Some of us may even find ourselves feeling guilty if we aren't constantly moving, always busy. Many of us forsake sleep for household chores or devote what should be our downtime to the work we bring home from the office or other things that we feel just must be given priority over rest. We live on as little sleep as possible and even our 'relaxation' involves going here or there or doing this or that. But our bodies, minds and souls were created to require rest.

In Genesis 2:2 we read...'By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.' God wasn't exhausted and in need of rest. He was setting an example for us, showing rest to be vital for us. We read in Matthew 8:24 that even Jesus slept. In the midst of all His teachings and miracles, still He made time to rest. And He knew having downtime was important for the disciples too. We read in Mark 6:31-32 that Jesus said to them..."Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place.'

It isn't just physical rest that we need either. We need to rest our minds and souls...to put off the worries and concerns of the world and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to us. We need to get alone with Jesus like the disciples did and talk to Him and listen to Him and allow Him to move in us. We often carry so much weight on our hearts...so many hurts, so many troubles. But Jesus tells us to "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30) We need to do as He tells us in Psalm 46:10..."Be still and know that I am God."

Proverbs 19:23 tells us, 'The reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it rests satisfied; he cannot be visited with evil.' It's so important that we as Christian women are putting Christ first in our lives...making Him the priority. When we do so, we will be able to begin balancing others areas of our lives...finding time to do the things we must but also finding time to spend with our Savior in prayer and devotions, time to enjoy our families and even time to rest.

In Christian love & Standing on God's promises,

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L.M. Lee06/29/04
keeping balanced on the truth of God's word - you are so right!