I have a confession to make. I’m terrible at resting. I don’t mean that in a false righteous way where I really want you to hear “I just work really hard all the time.” No. I truly mean it. I am awful at taking time to rest.
This summer was crazy. I had an event booked almost every single weekend, with most of them requiring a minimum of ten hours of traveling.
The weekend that just concluded was my first weekend home after the whirlwind that was my summer. And I blew it.
I had intentions of catching up on things around home and spending some quality time resting and relaxing. Instead? I spent most of my time lounging and lazy. There’s a big difference.
As a Christian, I believe true rest is only possible through God. Everything we try to do ourselves in an effort to “relax” ends up being wasted time spent in laziness.
Everything we do is supposed to look different from the world around us, and resting is no exception.
Psalm 62:1 says, “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.”
Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Exodus 33:14 says, “The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
Notice the trend of all these passages, rest is found in Him and comes from Him.
I love that last passage where Moses is concerned about others seeing something different in God’s people. We should want that in every aspect of our life, including rest and relaxation.
Here’s my point. Binge-watching Netflix or football, procrastinating chores, and eating cheap, unhealthy food is not resting or relaxing, it’s lounging and lazy.
A truly restful weekend would have consisted of a refreshing walk around the neighborhood, hours spent soaking in the presence of our God, time spent journaling and reflecting on this crazy season of life. Because true rest is found in Him and comes from Him. But I didn’t do any of those things.
Here is my challenge to you this week: consider how you rest. Is your resting rooted in him? Or is it a selfish excuse to do something you want with your time? I may have failed this weekend, but with God’s help, next weekend will be restful instead of lazy.