Rest, people! You need to go rest!
The third commandment (of ten) that God gave Moses to give to the Isrealites was to remember the Sabbath day (Sunday) and rest. It was a day that was set aside to enjoy God and be at peace. When God, Himself, created the earth He took a day to rest after it was all done!
I feel like I’ve heard this commandment a gazillion times. But today I’m rethinking it! The words of the Bible are that powerful! In recent years, the word ‘multitasking’ has become common to say, mostly because of cell phones and social media.
We need a full day of rest nowadays more than ever! When was the last time you let your brain settle down to where just a few simple thoughts we’re going through it?
Think on this~ A full day with no social media, no constant texting, no Netflix binging, no YouTube videos, no Pandora music station, no driving.
Instead~ Hanging out at home all day, taking a long quiet walk, sitting on the front porch, enjoying nature, taking a long nap, waking up late, going to bed early, conversing with family and friends, enjoying the sunrise and/or sunset, pondering a favorite Bible verse, reading a simple Bible passage out of a handheld Bible, enjoying coffee quietly alone or with a little company and yes, conversing with the Almighty Himself!
Simply said, go rest your weary mind so it can be refreshed. Rest your emotions too. Give yourself some time to think and sort out the thoughts that race through your brain. Give it an entire day so by the end of the day you no longer desire rest.
On your full day of rest do not feel guilty. Do your best to relax quietly. Don’t let thoughts that you are being lazy guilt you. If God rested a full day, we definitely need to also. Don’t break up your day of rest, if at all possible. On the other six days of the week, put heart, soul and energy into your work. And if you can’t give yourself a day of rest each week then start by dedicating one day out of the month.
8 “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 You have six days each week for your ordinary work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.