My husband and I talked about taking a trip to Colorado so I could do research for my new book series. However, our oldest son announced he and his fiancé are getting married the same month we planned to travel. Since their wedding had been canceled twice due to Covid, we celebrated with them about their decision and deferred our Colorado trip until next year so we can help with their wedding planning.
Knowing we can’t afford to help with the wedding and take an expensive research trip, my husband texted me a link from work the other day to cabin rentals at a local state park where we spend a lot of time when it’s not cold and snowy. After further discussion and investigation, we decided to rent a yurt for a peaceful week-long retreat this summer.
On Sunday, after he and our youngest son returned from fishing, we drove to the park and checked out the yurt and surrounding areas. We wanted to see what it had and what we’d need to add to our current camping supplies.
We haven’t camped in years—not since our boys were much younger. To be honest, the thought of sleeping on the hard ground in a tent no longer appeals to either of us. However, we are looking forward to going “glamping.” And we’re trying to prepare for the best week we can spend together.
Spending quality time with my husband without the distractions of work, life, and caring for our pets—Grandma will be house/dog sitting—is my number one priority during our camping getaway. Even though we see each other daily and do make time for one another, it’s different when we won’t have to live by a schedule.
Another thing I’m looking forward to is rest and renewal. Even though I work at home, I lead a busy life—in addition to writing, I also work for My Book Therapy, an online writing program, teach Sunday school and children’s church, manage my household, and make time each week to live out my values of faith, family, friendships, health and wellness, creativity, writing, and work. I prefer to plan out my weeks, and sometimes before Monday even hits, I’m already tired from knowing what’s to come.
Rest is one of those words we talk about and perhaps, dream about. However, rest is essential for our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I liken rest to the oxygen safety courses on airplanes—if you don’t don your mask, then you can’t help others. Likewise, if you don’t rest to refuel your mind, body, and spirit, you will be too rundown and burned out to help others.
God modeled rest in Genesis 2: 2 NIV:
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
Quite often, it may seem like our work is never done, so how can we take time to rest? There are always things to be done. Sometimes we may need more hours in the day than what we’re given. However, when we say we’re too busy to rest, we’re saying we can’t trust God with our time or our schedules. We’re relying on ourselves instead of leaning into Him.
I love Proverbs 16:9, and I repeat it to myself often as a reminder of Who is in control of my day:
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
When we say we’re too busy to rest, we’re saying we can’t trust God with our time or our schedules. #tellhisstory #rest #faith Click To Tweet
Finding time to rest in the midst of our busyness isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. And I’m not talking about collapsing in bed after your body is worn out either. Or even napping on the couch. It needs to be intentional and purposeful in order to renew the mind, calm the spirit, and refresh the body. This renewal comes in different forms.
Rest could be curling up with a good book, walking on the beach, knitting a sweater, having coffee with a friend, riding your bike, or going fishing. Basically, it’s any activity that allows your mind and body to take a break from the busyness that forces you to keep going.
God commands us to rest, and we need to be obedient in order to deepen our trust in Him and to allow Him to us for His purpose.
What keeps you from getting the rest you need? What steps can you put in place to make it happen?God commands us to rest, and we need to be obedient in order to deepen our trust in Him and to allow Him to us for His purpose. #tellhisstory #rest #trustinghim Click To Tweet