The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.
Psalm 23:1-2 NIV
We all need times to rest and renew. Cottage Life magazine suggests, that if you are in Woody Point, Newfoundland, try “Reading a book while overlooking the water. So much of our stress comes from being eternally linked to our screens, but Woody’s Point is a perfect place to get away from that and spend some time with our old friends, books. And if you’re there during August, be sure to check out Writers at Woody’s Point.”
Balance in life is critical. We need to take time for activity, for work, for exercise and for rest. The only being that is so self-sufficient that He never needs to rest is the Creator God, whom the Bible says got through the work of creating and rested. He really didn’t need to, but He knew we did and so he created Sabbath – for us. Genesis 2:3 puts it this way: “Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” God didn’t need to rest – He is completely self-sufficient and omnipotent. He was setting an example for us – He knew that we would need seasons of rest. Followers of Jesus tend to be busy – we are called to follow Jesus and serve Him, and when we do, we are passionate about doing all we can for the glory of God and good of His kingdom. But God rested – and He expects us to find the balance between serving and rest. Take time today to serve the Lord – empowered by the Holy Spirit. And then take time for rest and renewal – the Christian life is, after all, a marathon, not a sprint.
These have been words from the heart.