It’s taken me 6 weeks to find the time to sit in my new bedroom chair, but today was that day.
I had encountered a season of rest.
With feet up and windows open, the breeze and sound of rain filtering through the curtains, I opened the pages of a magazine that I’ve been wanting to read for ages.
Ironically, the first article was entitled “Rest”.
Instantly, I was overcome by the words I read:
“Where God was leading His people FROM is just as important as where God was leading them TO.
He took them to the road that led to the Promised Land after he led them out of bondage in Egypt.
What was their bondage?
It was work, toil, the inability to rest, and the enslavement to a kingdom that was not God’s.” (Mary Gallagher)
In Jacob 7:18, Sherem, an anti-Christ, is smitten of God and confesses to having been deceived.
In Galatians 3:1, the Apostle Paul refers to being deceived as being “bewitched”.
“Oh foolish [people], who hath bewitched you…?”
I fear society has bewitched us into believing that our success, our value, our salvation will come through the busyness of our schedules.
OUR BATTLE CRY
“We will do it all!” is our battle cry as we rush out into the world, desperate and determined, only to return home at the end of each day downhearted and defeated, for the busyness of the world will never be able to supply our souls with that which they most need—rest.
When our schedules consume us, we die to the things of the Spirit.
“Yes, we work, and we work hard because we love our families and we love to serve, but what if we rested as hard as we work?” (Mary Gallagher)
It’s been said that the number seven, which scripture uses to mark both the Sabbath Day and Sabbath Year, is “associated with a counter-cultural slowing and a rigorous form of resting.” (Alicia Britt Chole)
A rigorous form of resting.
It sounds like an oxymoron, and it is because it is counter-cultural.
What does it mean to rest rigorously? I ask myself, as I gaze out the window at the trees swaying softly in the breeze, their leaves covered with dewy raindrops.
And I think I begin to understand.
Yes, rigorous resting involves Sabbath Day rest and worship, but perhaps it also includes moments in our every day lives—moments when we choose to pause long enough to sit in our bedroom chairs, to read an uplifting article, to gaze out the window as we reflect on what matters most.
A SEASON OF REST
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Perhaps today, while the world is at a standstill, is the perfect time to practice rigorous resting.
For “the world needs believers who are healthy and rested, to point to the Living Water and the Bread of Life.” (Mary Gallagher)
DISCUSSION: How can you bring a season of rest into your everyday life?
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