Apparently, I’m not a very good listener.
At the beginning of the year, instead of a new year’s resolution, I prayed for God to give me one word to guide me throughout this year. After days of prayer, my word was clearly…REST.
Ok, sure God. I have a husband, triplets, a foreign exchange student, and a full-time job—I’ll work in some rest when I have time.
March came along and I found out that I needed major ankle/foot surgery. I would be forced to “rest” for three weeks until I could go back to work. During the rest time in April, I was able to make serious progress with the prayer journal, which enabled it to be published in June.
I didn’t choose rest, so God chose it for me.
Summer consisted of a cruise, church camp, family vacation to Universal Studios, my parents moving to town, all topped off by a few weekend trips.
No rest there.
I’m sure I don’t need to tell you about rest once school starts, because it just doesn’t happen! Sports practices, school work, packing lunches, piano practice….The whirlwind of life just continues to gain momentum.
And the very thing that happens after this much going, happened last weekend. I crashed. I crashed hard.
Friday I could barely keep my eyes open to function.
Saturday we practiced golf with the kids and I could barely swing a club.
I cried over stupid stuff.
When I woke up Sunday morning, I knew my body couldn’t do another day. My husband had been fighting a sinus infection for weeks, and I think he hit bottom too.
“I don’t think I can go to church…” I started. Before I could finish my sentence, he responded, “We need to stay home.” We both fell back to sleep.
I fixed our family a big breakfast, ate, and went back to sleep again. I thanked God when our church leadership meeting was cancelled, because I was still in bed. We would get up to eat, then fall back asleep. I did manage to squeeze in a few loads of laundry, and talk to the kids.
You know, it’s okay for you you to do too…sometimes you just don’t have to get up. Sometimes it’s okay to not leave the house. Sometimes you need to stay in your pajamas for the whole day. Some days the kids will survive on sandwiches and cereal for a whole day. Or peanut butter crackers. Or fruit bars.
The real problem is we just don’t rest enough. Even God rested after creating our universe!
Exodus 20:8-10 “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 male or female servant, nor your animals, not any foreigner residing in your towns.”
Exodus 23:12, “Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed.”
Many dismiss the idea of resting on the Sabbath as an “Old Testament command.” God continues to convict me of it, however. How much better off would we all be if we just took the time to rest and focus on Him?