So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. By the seventh day God completed His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it He rested from His work of creation. (Genesis 2:1-3)
God didn’t need rest because He was exhausted. He rested because His work was complete.
On the other hand, we cry out for rest and fall into a heap of exhaustion when we just can’t fit another event, responsibility, or stressor into our lives. We’ve had it, so we declare, “Enough is enough! I’m getting some rest!”
Resting God’s way requires us to approach our responsibilities differently, especially our definition of “complete.” If we wait until everything is done just the way we want it to be done, crossing every single thing off our to-do lists, there’s no hope for rest.
That’s not the example God sets. He didn’t create the world, then rest because everything was done. He stayed engaged with creation. He continued to take action. He continued to work and stay involved even after He rested. Absolutely everything was not done. He did what needed to get done to complete what was essential for that time frame. Then He rested, then He continued.
His rest of completion was a pause. It was a celebration of the past and a preparation for the future.
We need rest like that. We need rejuvenating pauses that invite us to celebrate the past, even if we can only find glimpses of growth and progress, as well as prepare for the future, even if it looks daunting or we have no idea what is next.
God does. And He is in the pause. He is in our rest.