Resting When There is Much to Do
CONFESSION #12: I'm still really bad at resting.
Something I've learned about myself over the past few years is that I'm really bad at resting. I'm just bad at it. I have a hard time just sitting down and doing nothing. I never find myself bored. I always find myself busy. And I also never make time for rest.
Well, things are changing. And now, I'm starting to make more time for rest, which is why during this series Sundays are restful days for me. On Sundays, like I said last Sunday, I won't really write about creativity, but rather meditate on rest. Last Sunday, the passage we looked at was Genesis 2 and the rest that God took after making creation.
Today's passage for meditation is Mark 6, specifically verse 31.
And he (Jesus) said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.”
For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
Jesus, who is the Son of God, tells the disciples to leave the crowds and to go and rest. In Mark, we see that Jesus and the disciples are ministering to the people and meeting their needs. More and more people keep coming to them for help. As they help people, more come. Their work is far from finished, but Jesus tells them to rest. Why? Because they need it.
We were not made to continually work. We were made to work hard and to take rests.
Right now, I feel like the disciples. There's a lot going on in my life, and I want to keep pushing forward, but like the disciples, the opportune time to take a rest is in the middle of all of the activity. Because when else am I going to rest?
I'm meditating on Mark 6:31 today, and I'm taking time to rest for the glory of the Lord, so that it fuels me to continue running the race. Will you join me?
This post is part of a 31 day series called Confessions of a Creative Christian.
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