Sunday, March 8, 2015
A Day of Rest
How often, as an adult, do we plop down and put our feet up to rest a bit? Or, perhaps we push, pull and demand of ourselves until we drop completely exhausted with nothing else to offer anyone for the rest of the day or evening? We can't recharge in 5-10 minutes like a child, but take hours of recoup time because we didn't slow down and pace ourselves?
George McDonald said that, "sleep is God's contrivance for giving us the help he cannot get into us when we are awake." I read this quote recently in an August 2014, "In Touch," magazine article written by Winn Collier, "Re-placing the Sabbath." It made me smile, realizing how much God wants us to rest and depend on Him. If you want to read the whole article click here:"Re-placing the Sabbath"
After reading this excellent article I was challenged to reexamine my hectic schedule and yield my ideas and activities up for examination by the King! Does my day begin with "self-exertion or God-dependence?" The Holy Spirit has used this author to stir my heart anew when pondering the balance of work, play, worship, and rest this Sunday.
Winn Collier writes, "Our work in the world is noble and good, but only when placed in proper perspective. If we believe our week begins with our work, we become defined by what we do rather than by what God does." Let's begin to look for what God is already doing and join Him, putting aside our preconceived ideas about what our days should look like. It's going to be different for everyone, and Praise God, that's O.K.!
One final challenge by Winn Collier, "We must acknowledge the Lord as ruler of all our days if we are to combat the fatigue of a life hinged on our own efforts. Our posture regarding time can orient us either toward grace and rest or toward self-effort and exhaustion." Even though this article was written a while ago, God knew I needed to read it this week. Isn't He a good God? His timing always astounds me!
Let us truly rest today and enter into God's rest every day even amongst our daily duties, just like Hebrews tells us. Hebrews 3:13, says to encourage one another daily so that we will not be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. If you read all the way from there until chapter 4, verse 12, you might be surprised at the very popular last verse and what proceeds it.
In case you are wondering why I'm not in church today, it is because my little children are all sick and have been all week, preceded by a half a week of me having to rest by midwife's orders, preceding a week of moving.... Yes, rest is important and a wonderful gift from God!
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