“By the seventh day
God had finished his work.
On the seventh day
he rested from all his work.
God blessed the seventh day.
He made it a Holy Day
Because on that day he rested from his work,
all the creating God had done.” – Genesis 2:2-4*
It’s in the very first part of the first book of the Bible. God, the Almighty Creator of the universe, believed it was important to include rest into His existence. I believe this is an example we all should follow, but are often too busy to allow ourselves to do so! Between soccer games, scout meetings, grocery shopping, house cleaning, and family pictures at the pumpkin patch, when does anyone have time to just sit and do nothing?!
According to the Apple Dictionary program, rest means to cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.
Take Sunday, for instance. It’s the Lord’s Day. The first day of the week. A day of rest. For our family, this often looks like Bible class, worship service, potluck lunch, home for an hour or two, back to church for Financial Peace University or baby shower, evening worship service, dinner out with friends, and a couple of last-minute errands for things we forgot during the week.
Does that sound restful to you? It’s not! I often need a day of rest AFTER Sunday, the day that’s supposed to be the day of rest.
Now that fall is upon us (which means it’s marching season), I’ve designated Saturdays as our day of rest. If possible, we don’t go anywhere or schedule anything. My husband is a high school band director, so Friday nights are often very late for him, and usually conclude an 18+ hour work day. Rest is essential for his mental and physical health. I don’t do housework or projects and I don’t ask my husband to do much around the house on Saturdays. (That one post about “My Did Do List” from a couple of weeks ago was an anomaly! Plus, hubby was out all day with his brother, who was visiting from out of town.) Luckily, the Texas summer burned up our yard, so we don’t have any grass to mow. I get the house cleaning and laundry done during the week, so that doesn’t have to be done on Saturdays. I DO cook dinner Saturday night so that we can quickly reheat the leftovers on Sunday if we come home for lunch.
A lazy Saturday at our place means we usually sleep late (as late as Baby Girl will allow us to!), drink coffee until noon, watch college football/golf/NASCAR, take naps, play on the floor with our baby, and just enjoy being home together as a family.
So that’s our scheduled day of rest. When do you have yours scheduled? If you don’t have rest time scheduled in (and that is different from sleep time), then deliberately block off some time to do nothing. Rest. Stop moving. Meditate. Be at peace. Consider this verse: “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV, 1984.) God thought rest was necessary; let’s follow his Supreme example.
Blessings upon you. ~Ephesians 3:20-21
*Genesis 2:2-4 taken from The Message (MSG)
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