True story, I am a busy body.
Most days, I cannot sit still. Even when we don’t have stuff to do, I fill up the time with things I feel like I need to do. I have a full time job, a part time job (which is more like a full time job,) a house to maintain, relationships to foster, and that is only the beginning. While being a hard worker is a great thing, not resting well is not. It leaves me restless, emotional, and empty. Ian and I woke up and realized two years into our marriage that we need to learn how to rest.
If you would have asked me 6 months ago, I probably would have told you resting is for the weak and it entails sleeping and laziness. But I have come to realize rest is crucial to my relationships and well-being. But in my opinion, there is a wrong way to rest. Resting is finding peace in the midst of everything going on. Its learning to say no to things, to people, to opportunities. So many things around us are good, but there needs to be balance. Something we started very early on as a couple and in our personal lives was deciding what our priorities were. For me its simply God, Ian, everything else. Now with the everything else there are also priorities. My family, my friends, and my career. But this makes things a great deal easier. Once I understand what is most vital, I learn how to work and manage my time around that.
Why is resting in God so crucial?
It restores more than our bodies – it restores our soul.
Spending time in the Bible and filling my soul with His beauty is what truly restores me. Our bodies need rest – but even more so our minds. Our minds are what help create peace in other areas of our lives. One of the most popular Psalms shows us how this rest fulfills us. Psalm 23: 2-3 -“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.”
We are able to work harder.
When I know my purpose and my goal, I have a drive that cannot be stopped. That is the same for anyone. Resting restores us so we can continue to work for His glory. Not only can we continue to work, but we can work harder because we are being fulfilled in such a way that we could never obtain ourselves.
1 Corinthians 15:10 – “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.”
So how do you accomplish this rest? Start by looking at your priorities and investing in your time with God first and then in your relationships. There will always be opportunities to make more money and spend time doing something you love, but ask yourself if you can still do those things and find rest.
As Psalms 46:10 says, we must “be still and know that He is God.” We must learn to rest our minds and souls on that promise. We must learn to find rest.
I love some the definitions of rest from Merriam’s Dictionary
- to cease from action or motion : refrain from labor or exertion
- to be free from anxiety or disturbance
- to sit or lie fixed or supported
- to remain confident
- to be based or founded
- to remain for action or accomplishment
Hebrews 9:9-10 – “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.”