I have a plate that says, "Stop and Smell the Roses".
The plate was a gift and at the time I saw it as a “cute plate”. My life was in high gear – supermom, always on the go. No time to smell the roses.
Of course, eventually I burned out. My body couldn’t take the pace. All the stress and tension with no time or outlet for release put my body into a physical wreck.
Jesus tells his disciples:
“Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” (The Message 4-6)
Jesus knew that taking time for restoration was essential for us.
“Certainly work is not always required of a man. There is such a thing as sacred idleness – the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.” (G MacDonald)
Finally forced into REST – I Iearned that rest is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
My first time sitting still lasted five minutes. No great accomplishment but a start. Being in high gear meant it would take time for me to put myself into a lower gear. I needed to be patient and practice.
Gradually in those times of solitude (no interruptions, no TV and no radio) I heard my own heartbeat. I knew I lived. I started to understand me.
And into this solitude God came. My intentional slowing down led me to know myself as God made me. I began to enjoy these times of refreshment. I learned more about me.
REST is not an easy thing to accomplish. It takes perseverance, discipline and time.
When was the last time you found REST?
Into our busy lives I ask for time to REST – to restore our bodies and minds. And in that REST I know You will be there, Lord. Come and restore us to knowing You. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.