How well do you rest?
I paused as I read a statement in the Chasing Vines group experience book: Resting involves stopping whatever else we’re doing—worrying, striving, strategizing.
I have some work to do. Wait, that’s not right. I don’t have work to do. I have work to rest from.
We don’t live in a place of rest. We can have abiding peace and contentment, but rest is a portion of what God provides for us, not the place he tells us to stay.
And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. (Genesis 2:1-2)
Rest is part of the cycle of work. God didn’t get all his work done then rest. He rested “from all his work that he had done.” He resumed work and continues to work. He also rests.
We don’t have to delegate rest to a particular day of the week, but we have to be intentional about it. We don’t have to get all our work done before we rest. As if that would ever happen.
Seek rest. Choose rest. Savor rest. Only when you are intentional and humble will you find and appreciate it.