A Weekend Of Much-Needed Rest

By the end of the day, most of us are beyond ready to sink into a nice, comfy bed. The pillows call your name, and thinking about wrapping up in warm, fluffy blankets sounds wonderful. Oh, sleep. What a lovely notion, right?

So why is it so difficult to sleep well? Do you feel as tired when you get up as you did when you went to bed? Do you have difficulty falling asleep and then even more difficulty waking up? Or do you find it difficult to make time for sleep at all?

Society has conditioned us to forget about rest. Do more. Have more. Be more. Think more. Plan more. Enjoy more. You can't do anything of these things if you're resting.

In the busyness of our lives, we neglect the one thing that will actually keep us going - rest. And not just a power nap, even though that sounds amazing right about now. You are actually craving the rest that covers mind, body and soul.

Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest. Exodus 34:21

Yes, this is a verse about keeping the Sabbath day holy, but the second portion speaks to you today and each day of your busy week. Even when there is work to be done, like the planting and harvest seasons, rest is necessary. It's hard to be productive or efficient when you're too tired to think. When it seems like there's more to do than hours to do it in, even then it's necessary to rest.

Rest is not evil, it's not lazy and it's definitely not just something else to add to your to-do list so you can cross it off. It's about recharging your internal batteries and spending some much-needed time in the arms of the Lord.

Make this a weekend of rest. True rest. Do whatever it takes for you personally to recuperate in all aspects of your life. Make time to restore your relationship with God. Reintroduce yourself to your family. Shut your mind off for just a little while. Wind your way through your Bible reading at a leisurely pace.

You'll find that rest can make all the difference in the world.

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