Rest is so important! It also comes in many forms. There is the “let me climb into bed and pass out for 7-8 hours” rest. Then there is the “I am going to read a book on the couch for an hour” kind of rest, the 30-minute nap, the vacation (which never really is rest, because we all come back saying we need a vacation from our vacation). Why do we need rest????
Matt 11:28-30, Jesus speaks to us, saying, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Even Jesus went away into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, to rest. He encourages his disciples to rest: Mark 6 says “The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.”
We need rest. It is not just for our bodies, but for our sanity! Those of you who are introverts know this to be true. You NEED down time to recharge! We extroverts don’t always understand that, but we need rest too. Our minds need to disengage for a bit so that we can be ready for the next encounter. As you rest, pray. Pray for wisdom, pray for peace, pray for discernment on how to best use this down time to restore your soul.
Psalm 23, one of the most recognized Psalms ever, even speaks to us about rest:
The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David.
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
So with that, GO REST!!!!