Rest is a beautiful thing!
When I don’t get enough rest I become cranky and irritable. I am short with people, even those I love. I have a more difficult time seeing the good in people and situations. Chores that should be easy become more difficult. And I reach for caffeine and sugar to get me through – not the best life choices.
When I get enough rest, I crave exercise and healthy eating. I carry a peace about me that brings out the best in me and in others. I have patience and grace. I can see people and situations with greater clarity and positivity. When I get enough rest, my whole world about me is different.
Rest doesn’t just come from sleeping 7-8 hours at night. Rest comes from having play time with your family. Rest comes from re-connecting with nature. Rest comes from getting lost in a good book or engrossed in a conversation with a friend. Rest comes from a spiritual retreat or a day spent alone.
However rest comes to you, it is a beautiful thing for resetting the mind and the heart and the attitude and the outlook on life. And we all need rest. Even God needed rest. Genesis 2:3 reminds us that “God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that [God] had done in creation.” Being created in the image of God, we also need to attend to the rhythm of work and rest. It is a decision for health and wholeness and beauty.
In Minnesota we have this built in “rest period” called MEA Break. For some time now, Chad and I have planned a little “get-away” to attend to the rhythm of work and rest. I’ll be back to be with you in worship on Sunday. Thank you for allowing me this time of rest so that I can come back renewed for the next season of our “work” together.
How will you use your time this week to attend to the rhythm of work and rest? Whether you sleep, or play, or hike, or read, or do something else that recreates your soul, I pray you find the rest for which your soul searches.
Pastor Becky Jo Messenbrink