I often think, others can - why can't I? But, if I'm honest with myself I can admit I don't want to.
Rest is not a four-letter word. Instead it holds what I need, time to step back and assess. Time to be still and stop the striving. And the place where I discover it's okay to let the world's stuff to go on without me for awhile.
Of course, scheduled rest is the best. When I can decide to enjoy rest on my terms rather than being forced there by mishap or hardship. God gave me rest - a gift to enjoy.
But when I decide that I can do 'just one more thing' or take on another commitment without regard to rest, that's when I run into trouble. There is no time for rest - at least my mind can't see it. So, the Energizer bunny continues energizing till my batteries run low.
Another realization comes when I can understand that rest is not only being still but quieting my mind. My mind can whir faster than my Kitchenaid mixer sometimes. Things I should do, want to do, have to do, wish I didn't have to do...future projects, projects that sit idle and the ones I am procrastinating on because the next step is unclear.
Jesus says, "Come apart with me and rest awhile."
I say, Rest awhile so I don't come apart!!
Now I know you're wondering what brought this topic up for my blog post. Maybe because injuring three ribs slowed me down long enough to realize I needed and am actually enjoying the rest.
I don't know about you....but this is an ongoing lesson for me. I am not high energy - but I can make more excuses to myself why it's not a good time to rest.
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