“By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all the work.” (Genesis 2:2)
How is your summer progressing? Are you finding yourself getting busier?
Many times we long for the days of summer, thinking to ourselves we will enjoy some much needed relaxation, only to find we end up being even busier. Perhaps we had visions of sitting on the beach or by the pool as our children or grandchildren played. Maybe you envisioned taking a relaxing vacation trip?
Unfortunately the opposite is usually what happens. You may have found yourself being the non-ending chauffeur or perhaps the play house you know the house all the kids want to come to–that eat all the snacks in the food pantry and make lots of messes. (Ha ha, I remember the joy of those days!)
All this plus the regular doctor visits, and illness issues you normally deal, with can be quite overwhelming. Well I have great news!
God has already worked out a perfect plan for that, REST! Even when He created this beautiful universe He chose on the seventh day to rest. Now since God is all powerful and able to do anything, I sincerely doubt He actually needed to rest, but He did. Why?
Possibly to show us the importance of rest in our lives. That being busy all the time, every day, is not what is best for us.
Recently I came across an analogy comparing the different notes in a musical score to various types of rests we could incorporate into our lives in the book Powerful Prayers for Challenging Times: Finding Hope When You Need It Most. I thought how appropriate it was to think of it in this manner.
In my mind I was reflecting on David and how he used music in so many ways to honor God, to worship, to praise, to ask forgiveness, and also to find rest for his soul. Here are a few musical “notes” to listen to and I pray you they will help you find the rest your soul needs in these busy summer months:
1. A Quarter Rest: a brief rest, this could be something simple, a quick walk, or prayer, a cup of tea with a friend, perhaps just go sit outside for a few moments to enjoy God’s beauty.
2. A Half Rest: a weekend getaway with your husband, a day out with a friend, or going on a picnic, remember, to make this a time as technologically free as possible., using your phone, iPod etc. only for an emergency.
3. A Whole Note: This one is kind of tricky because it is for a longer period of time. If possible it would be an actual vacation, but if this is not a possibility, what about a vacation from commitment? That would mean taking time off for a week of all your normal responsibilities such as church leadership etc. those things that require extra attention. At home, get the family involved, tell them “we are all on vacation,” encourage everyone to do different things like camp in back yard, use paper plates this week so no dishes to wash. Play games you would play at camp.
Prayer: Father, thank you, that in Your wisdom, You always show us what we need before we need it. Let us truly seek to find the rest we need in and through You. Amen.
About the author:
Diane Kalata lives in Florida. She has three grown children, and a wonderful husband who offers much support. She enjoys leading a women’s bible study group as well as a chronic pain and illness support group. She enjoys art and writing as well. She is a colon cancer survivor, but deals with chronic digestive illness and pain. Her greatest joy is encouraging and sharing with others all that God has done in her life and continues to do.
What suggestions do you have to find ways of incorporating “rest notes” into busy summer schedules?
As I read Diane’s devotional I thought of one of my favorite hymns, “In the Garden.” Here is Alan Jackson singing a beautiful rendition of this hymn. I have his CD and when I am having a rough day I blast the songs and sing along. Bless you. -Lisa