February 03, 2012

Rest - Janis Cox


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)

Release
Everything
Stop
Thinking

Finally forced into REST – I Iearned that rest is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

Release
Everything
Sit
Tight.

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?


Prayer:

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.




7 comments:

  1. a favorite verse:

    "The same day went Jesus out of the house and sat by the sea-side." Matthew 13:1

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  2. Charles,
    Thanks for that verse. There were many times that Jesus went off by Himself - to restore Himself with God. Today I took a lovely hot bath - a time of refreshing.
    Blessings,
    Jan

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  3. We easily fall into that acclaimed Puritan work ethic... but where is the "rest" ethic? Thanks for this reminder to say no to busyness and yes to being still!

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  4. Beautifully said.... I too have been learning about rest and having been trying to create space every day for a little 'come away' time.

    Thanks for the reminder today!

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  5. PS.. Charles, I'm going right now to find that verse from Matt 13:1.

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  6. Thanks LC and Brenda,

    I am trying to learn to follow my own advice. REST.

    And also I remember to call to God in prayer - help - HELP; Having Everything Lifted in Prayer.

    Thanks again and blessings,
    Jan

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  7. I once heard that the enemy makes us ineffective through busyness, noise, and crowds. Jan, I love the R.E.S.T. reminder and send your post to a dear friend.

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