The other day I was reading my devotional and there were so many things about this particular devotional that stood out to me. It was talking about the space to inhale and the importance of rest. I love that this particular devotional I’m doing now is an actual book and not one on an app because I can highlight the things that jump out most. Not that I can’t do that in my Bible app but it’s something about a book and being able to open it that really just sticks with me a little more. I’m a book nerd, what can I say LOL. Anyway, my devotional reminded me not only of the importance of resting or taking a break but that we should. I don’t know about you but I lived in a world for too long (mostly in my head) where relaxing and taking breaks either seemed impossible or I felt lazy for doing so. Let me tell you! I am grateful not to still be in that same space or thought pattern.
What I found most interesting that day though as I read the devotional was that we should pursue rest. I know that sounds crazy to some but it is something we should actually make a goal to do or pencil into our schedule. I’m not talking about every three months or something. Taking a break from the world and the busyness of life is something we should aim to do weekly. YES, weekly! Listen, I have had weeks from start to finish where every day was jam packed with a list of things to do. Sometimes those weeks and those moments are unavoidable. Working, caring for home and everything else can take up so much of our time that it’s hard to even think about being intentional with taking some time to refuel.
When I don’t take time for myself to just sit and be with my thoughts and really to hear what God is saying I’m irritable and I miss things. I miss important things– things I wouldn’t normally miss like if my spouse or one of my kids is having a bad day. I miss a moment when God maybe told me to give, bless someone or put a particular person on my mind to check up on. I also miss personal questions or thoughts for myself. I totally disregard the warning signs my body or my mind is giving me like a huge red sign flashing “WARNING! OVERLOAD!” I just keep pushing through because there’s so much to be done and if I don’t do it now (or in general) it won’t get done. But I learned some lessons about this through the moments when I did actually stop and rest. I learned that I had to start trusting myself and my instincts. Meaning when I found myself in that place of irritation and missing important moments, moments more important than running to the store for something I don’t need that day anyway. I learned that if I let it go it will still get done. Maybe not by me, maybe my husband or a friend takes care of it further squashing my thoughts of it having to be me getting it done or the task won’t get completed.
We often convince ourselves that there are certain things we have to do and no one else can do them quite like us. And listen, friends, that may be true but sometimes in certain situations the task being completed is all that matters. It’s not worth allowing ourselves to be completely burned out to where we miss moments to be present for our friends and family or ourselves; we miss moments to be present with God and not just hear from him but to let him love on us. Too many times we are anxious to hear from God about what He says about us or what He’s telling us to do next that we forget to just be. We neglect the fact that He just wants us to sit with him for a while. He knows our needs. He has a plan but do we really need to talk about the plan allllll the time? I’d like to think not. In my devotional she writes “The preserver rests to to remember– to remember that it’s all about God. God’s rhythm preserves a space in us to hear His voice, reveals the places we’re off track, and prevents us from being filled with unnecessary clutter.” YES! That’s what time to yourself and with God can do for you.
I like knowing that if I’m intentional about my time to rest and intentional about my time with him he can help me declutter. He can cleanse me of all the things I’ve been carrying around and some of them were things I don’t need to carry or weren’t for me to carry. I love that I can spend time being reminded that I am loved, valuable, cared for and enough. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to do and to be everywhere for everyone. It’s not a bad thing to want to be actively involved in pursuing all that life has to offer, our dreams, our goals, caring for those around us. God wants us to do those things. But it’s also so important to make sure that in doing those things are you on the right track. Are you being lead by where God is taking you or leading yourself to a place of overload or exhausting thinking that you’re doing what you are supposed to be doing? So I really want to encourage you today to start being intentional about resting and spending time just sitting with God. Let him guide you and cleanse you so that you can be exactly who He’s called you to be!