Friday, June 10, 2011
Learning How To Rest
I will share two exciting tidbits from the bible about rest that may help to frame this thought.
...And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.(Genesis 1:3)
When God separated darkness from light, the evening came first. The time of rest came first, then followed by the day. This amazed me. I thought that day came first and then the night. Instead evening was the first, a time of rest and refreshment, followed by the new day. We must rest and be ready to for each new day and the challenges that come with it.
Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:23-25)
Even in the midst of the storm Jesus rested. I absolutely love this passage. It is crazy! The boat is about to capsize and Jesus is sound asleep. Can you imagine the noise, the rocking, the water drenching through to your skin? I don't know about you, but I wouldn't be sleeping.
We cannot allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by our circumstances. Jesus knew who he was, he knew who his Father was, and so he kept his eyes and heart firmly fixed on the one who orders his days. We do ourselves no favours; running ourselves down and trying to get through our 'to do lists'. We need to start living with purpose and peace, not for process and product. When the world around us starts getting demanding, we have to learn to shift our focus back to our God. We must rest in Him, and live our daily lives with purpose and satisfaction, not to complete tasks, but to please God. Not only will our weary bodies then find the rest they need, but it also strips away the pride of 'getting it all done'.
So I am still learning how to rest. It is not easy, but Jesus is a patient teacher. The two things I must continually remember are:
1. Rest before Action
2. We must know who we are in Jesus, and keep our heart beating as one with his.
Then we will find perfect rest, in the day to day tasks of our lives, and even in the midst of the most ferocious of tempests.