- : to stop doing work or an activity : to spend time relaxing, sleeping, or doing nothing after you have been active or doing work
- : to give rest to (someone)
- : to stop using (something) so that it can become strong again
No matter what season of life I am in I cannot seem to understand that rest is an absolutely necessary thing. I am busy as heck with a million things that are equally important to finish. As soon as I finish all those things then I can finally rest. Which is never because the list always grows and never ends.
Then moments like these happen. I get sick. Not your, “I can deal with it and still work” kind of sick. The fever kind that smacks you on your back for at least two whole days and after that you are still sick you just finally have enough energy to lift your arms and move around.
I am sick.
On top of it my MacBook charger broke which I am starting to think might have been a consequence of not resting. Funny enough I can’t afford a new charger right now, which is funny because that means that while I am sick I am literally forced to rest. For two solid days I couldn’t even answer a few emails. Every chance to borrow a charger somehow fell through in those two days I was stuck in bed.
In the Bible God teaches us over and over again that taking a day of rest or not isn’t an option. It’s really important to our physical and spiritual health to rest. And for some of us that can’t look like taking a full day every week. Rather splitting up a whole day into our week at different times. Regardless rest is so important. When we don’t rest we risk getting sick and then when we are finally forced to rest it isn’t even fun rest.
After having to rest for the last four days I woke up this morning still sick but at the same time feeling so refreshed. Going to bed on time is good for you regardless of how much work you can get done in those late hours. Drinking water….yes I said drinking water…is healthy no matter how much tastier that delicious Monster is. Today feels like a wonderful day just because I feel so rested. Everyday won’t feel like this one but if I can help my days to feel better by resting more than I should.
So be healthy and rest for the sake of being able to enjoy it. It’s no fun when rest is forced. We don’t need to finish all of the tasks on our list because that will make us burn out of whatever we are doing. Rather set smaller goals, finish those goals, then rest. Or just for the heck of being overwhelmed and stressed take a little rest break. Rest is a good thing and we should enjoy every second of it. Rest shouldn't have to be a consequence of working too much. SO REST!
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.” (Exodus 20:8-10)
“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." (Mark 6:31)