A Writing Life: The Value of Rest

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Value of Rest

We've spent the weekend away as a family and more and more, I'm learning the value of rest. We in a world that moves fast. Sometime the pace makes my head spin. It takes work to slow down.

A few months go, I read the book Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller. It's been a game changer for me. In making Sabbath a priority, I've seen the importance of slowing down, as well as how I'm more productive during the week as I prepare for Sabbath.

However, you can't do something that draws you closer to God and not have it change your life. 

Sabbath is about taking time to slow down, to disconnect from the busyness that can overpower our days. But it's also about drawing close to God and being reminded of His love for us and that He designed us to "Be still and know He is God." (Psalm 46:10)

I'm no pro at Sabbath. I still have much to learn. Yesterday, I woke up with terrible food poisoning. The kind of sick where I only had the energy to lay there and stare. Even reading took too much energy. But I found myself looking at the huge trees out back, watching the woodpeckers bounce from branch to branch. I soaked in the sun as it warmed me from the chills that ran through me.

I got so relaxed, I fell asleep right there in my chair. My sweet dog, Ramses, never left my side. I snuggled him all day, thankful for his companionship. The Hubby took care of me, as well as my kids.

I woke up this morning feeling much better, both physically and spiritually. It sounds funny to say, but it was the most restful Sabbath I've had in a while. And it took my body fighting something for me to do it. But in spending my day focused solely on talking to God, seeing His world around me, and letting go of the "stuff" in my head that tells me an afternoon nap is lazy, I rested.

Truly rested, and that is a valuable thing. 

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