Thursday, November 2, 2017

Soulish Rest

There are certain times when we go from one thing to the next at such a rapid fire pace that we may think we're losing our way. And going at such a pace can be handled, for awhile. But I've found from personal experience that it is impossible to keep up that pace for an extended period of time.

God has built us to work and to work hard. But He has also built us to have a regular schedule for not being busy, but to rest (in Him). Now I know that many people may take the time to rest by doing something that is contrary to what they do regularly. A change of pace - a change of scenery - a change of what you do. I like to ride motorcycle and sometimes need to do that just for the 'change of pace - scenery - & what I do'. But I am not totally convinced this is what God really had in mind when He had in mind REST.

Resting in God is mostly for, what I call,  soulish-rest. My body needs rest. My mind needs rest. My emotions need rest. But what about my soul needing rest? What, I believe, God had in mind when he said "Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord." (Exodus 31:15), that we need soulish-rest. 

Eugene Peterson said something about rest in one of his books. When we rest at night (or whenever we rest) we ought to say something within our own head like "Okay God, I know you don't rest and so I'm going to rest in the fact that you're working night and day. I, however, cannot do that -- I'm human and you're God. So, when I get back to work, before I start I'm going to check in with you as to what You've been doing and where it is that you'd like me to jump in and work alongside." In other words, it's God's work and He never quits. And our assignment is to "rest in Him". And that ain't easy. But it certainly will give us a better way of doing things. And we will really get, what I call, the soulish-rest we need. 

Is anybody out there "TIRED". 

1 comment:

  1. I don't remember this one. But amen, most people are tired, in this day and age. You may have inspried me to post something about this for my fitchecklist!