Permission to Rest


What does rest look like for you?

Lately I've been so anxious when resting. There's this constant nagging feeling that there's more to be done, more to write, more to clean, more food to make, more phone calls to be made, more homework to complete, more packing, more planning, there's always more. By the time I sit down to rest with the Lord I've got it in my head that there's more important tasks to be done. That it's down right lazy of me to consider resting with the Lord or it's somehow wrong to take a break to enjoy the weather, my husband, family, the mundane moments of my days that are so easily missed when I'm in the "more" mentality.

I know. That's entirely false. But lately my mind falls trap to the constant desire to be busy, productive, and checking things off the to-do list

And gosh am I thankful that scripture tells me differently. That my idea of rest is off the mark.

Even at the very beginning of the bible God reveal to us that we are designed to rest from labor:

"And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from the work he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation." - Genesis 2:2-3

That we must rest to be renewed, refreshed, and restored:

"And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat." - Mark 6:31

And that God himself provides us spiritual rest:

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:28-29

I'm still digesting these passages. Definitely a work in progress as I continue to learn what rest looks like in my current day-to-day rhythms. I thought I'd open it up to all of you. How do you rest well? How have you been able to quiet soul and rest well, enjoy the small moments and not get caught up in the endless to-do lists?