Thursday, March 17, 2011

And Then He Rested...

'For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.'  Exodus 20:11

Ah, rest.  The elusive action of just being still.  Doing nothing.  Rest and I aren't very well acquainted.  Even when I go somewhere to 'rest' I seem to work just as hard as if I was at home.  Vacations with my family are not rest-we camp if that tells you anything!  My days off work are not rest as I am taking care of children and a home.  My Sunday's aren't restful between Praise Team, Kid's Church, and Youth Group-I don't even know which way is up.
 
How do I find the rest that my body craves and my heart desires?  The above verse gives me an excellent model to follow.  My God created this earth and everything in it in six days and then He rested.  Did He need to rest?  Was He tired?  Exhausted?  No, He's God, I don't really think He gets tired.  He rested for us.  He did it to give us an example to follow in our earthly lives.  He wants us to take time out and contemplate what He has done for us.  Time out to worship and praise Him.
 
Does your bible say anywhere that the Sabbath has to be on Sunday?  Mine doesn't.  Sunday is a day that you can choose if you want to, but you aren't commanded to make Sunday your day of rest.  We are given the freedom to choose our Sabbath day of rest.  Whatever day we choose we should focus the majority of our time on Him.  Sure, things with the kids and house will still need to be done, but we have to make the time to enjoy some Jesus-rest!  Get refreshed, refilled, and re-energized for the six days of work ahead.   

     What day are you choosing to get some Jesus-rest?


11 comments:

Debbie said...

How important those Sabbaths can be. We all need that soul rest. Too often our activities that are good get in the way. So get refreshed and take time to rest on your Sabbath.

Blessings,
Debbie

Jenifer said...

We need time to rest. God rested! He worked seven days and rested one. Aren't we to strive to be like Him? I love Sundays that I can come home from church and relax and rest. It doesn't always happen though. Something I should work on.

ordinarilyextraordinary.com said...

Great thoughts. My pastor once said we rest to prepare for what's ahead not what we just experienced. That the Sabbath is to prepare ourselves.

Heidi said...

I agree camping isn't restful! I am like you, it never seems to stop and I do need rest! This is something I need to implement into my life :)

Lisa said...

I agree that Sundays are not very restful. But we need to find that rest one day out of the week. I want to follow God's example.

Debbie Dillon said...

It's only been just in the past year or so that I've really come to force myself to rest on Sundays after church. I let things go until Monday (because Monday is my day off from work). And of course, I agree with you - camping is usually exhausting and not restful at all. I think the rest is there available to each of us, but takes a long time to learn how to implement it into our days; especially hard with little ones :)

Sheryl said...

When I was teaching my Sabbath was on Saturday. Now it depends on the week, but a Sunday Sabbath right now isn't realistic.

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

Wonderful post Allison, and something we should all work on. In today's society, we stress getting things done and filling our time when we should also be following His example to us and finding time to rejuvenate and reflect.

Have a Blessed Day!

todrawneargod said...

Thank God for creating night! Because man has the tendency to work, work and work.. Nice blog! Keep posting... Been following!

Bonnie Gray said...

Kids are still young now, so I choose Sat morning as Sabbath rest, before everyone gets up, I'm up and out in a coffee shop somehwere if it's raining or I'm out taking a walk/hike. and then, I get back around 10:00 - and I feel like I've been gone forever. :) Hubby takes care of the kids Sat morning and I think well deserved as a momma, I'm on 24x7 the whole work week!

Ken said...

Good point! We all need time to get some Jesus –rest.