Most of us look forward to summer for a multitude of reasons. One of the things I personally am looking forward to the most this summer is down time and a break from our normal craziness of the school year. If we aren’t careful, though, we can even make our summers turn into crazy very quickly. There are so many fun and wonderful things about summer, let’s choose to be intentional about our rest and relaxation as well.
Do you ever feel guilty about resting and relaxing? No more guilt, friends! Even the God of the universe rested. In fact, He took a whole day and rested after creating the world. And Jesus, while ministering here on earth, took time away as well. Rest and relaxation is a much needed aspect of our lives that often goes by the wayside during busy times of the year.
The definition of rest is: cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength. Sometimes even thinking about rest can make us uncomfortable or even stressed. We think we can’t possibly “cease work” or go a whole day (or even a few hours) without getting something crossed off our to-do list. Let’s face it, the world we live in has a fast-paced, multi-tasking, never stop, keep on trucking kind of mentality. Before we decide to rest, we must decide that rest and relaxation is indeed a good thing.
What if, in our rest, we made more space for God? What if, in our relaxing, we were able to be still before God and actually listen to His still small voice? What if, when we set aside the distractions of our day, we see God’s beauty all around us that we hadn’t noticed before? What if…