I have Mondays off. It is the one day a week I get to have off and I try to guard it like crazy. Well mostly that is true. Honestly my wife is the one who guards it best because she knows if I didn’t get my rest I will be cranky and out of control.
When I was in High school I spent three weeks of my summer in Puerto Rico for a mission trip. I spent that amazing time getting to know some of the people there and would love to go back just to experience that place again. They taught me a whole host of things but the thing I remember taking away from my time with them was how important rest was to their culture. You see every day they had a siesta. It was a time when the whole country shut down for the most part and people were expected to rest. I remember being told by one of the people there that we Americans didn’t enjoy life because we didn’t rest enough. We ran from thing to thing never enjoying the times God gave us to rest.
My life seems to moving faster and faster. I feel more tired and enjoy my life in Christ less and less. My kids feel it too. I am afraid we as a family are too busy with life to enjoy our time in rest in Jesus. We as the family of God need to slow down and rest. We need to spend time in resting in Jesus.
So how are you resting? Are you resting? I know I am not resting nearly long enough. I am running too fast and ultimately teaching my kids to run to fast. Let us all find those times to slow down and rest. Let us teach our kids to rest. The laundry will be there tomorrow, the school work will be there tomorrow, the office work will be there tomorrow. Let us rest in Jesus. Let us teach our kids to rest in Jesus. To focus our time on rest.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)