“From Jesus to you: ‘Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly'” (Matthew 11:28-30, The Message).
God never intended for anyone to be constantly on the go 24/7. He never meant for anyone to always be working and active.
God designed the sabbath as a reminder that we all periodically need rest. We need seasons of refreshment, relaxation, and reenergizing.
The four seasons in nature remind us that there is a time for planting and for harvesting, for growth and rest, for activity and for contemplation.
As much as I love my sleep, I understand that real rest isn’t necessarily taking a nap but living out of a peace that comes from resting in my identity in Jesus as opposed to a ceaseless striving to find myself and prove myself.
Anxiety says that everything has to be done right now. I’ve found that God’s timing is always perfect. I can trust in God’s promises that are as good as done.