Not because we are ungrateful but because we either long for more rest, or are already stressed about the day ahead!
Busyness isn’t the opposite of rest, it’s its kryptonite.
Busyness drains us of our rest.
When we keep going in the busyness we choose without recharging our batteries, our decision to leave rest off our to do list or delegate it whatever left over time we have after spending it all on busyness?
We hit rock bottom.
Not only do our bodies crave more than a few hours of sleep at a time between events, our minds need downtime to help us stay alert and on task, and our emotions need time to unplug from the hype of rush.
We long for soul rest, where we can just be.
But even more importantly, our spirits need to tune in and hear what God has to say to us in the moment.
To spend time in His embrace, and be refreshed as we rest there with Him.
To hear we matter because we are, not what we do.
And if we don’t, the busyness will drive us ever forward in its attempt to chew us up and spit us out.
We’re not called to a busyness that drains us; we’re called to an abundance that trains us.
God has more in store for us than just being His messengers spreading the Good News.
He wants us to live it.
To eat the Word until we are full. To drink deep of His love until our thirst is quenched. To live with Him, knowing we are intimately acquainted with the One who loves us so. To be lead by the wisdom of the God who knows us so well.
To rest in His safe, strong embrace, no matter what we face.
I have heard many people complain about not having a vacation where they can rediscover how to unplug and just be again.
And the truth is, you don’t need a vacation.
For we have a choice in how we handle the expectation of busyness.
Rest is a decision, not a location.
We are not forced to stay on the treadmill of busyness.
We can choose to step off and reevaluate.
To invite God to help us restructure our lives so margin and rest are a part of our daily expectations.
To make caring for ourselves as equally important as our ability to get things done.
If you too have recently stepped out from the mindset of busyness, I know God is delighted with your decision to become a more balanced individual.
For pouring out of an almost empty vessel only leads to heightened anxiety about running out.
God longs for us to be coming to Him regularly to be filled, not just for our sake, but so we can overflow His abundance out where we minister for Him.
On our spouses, our families, our friends, our coworkers, our neighbors.
Everywhere and every when we are.
Take some time, and sit at His feet today. Ask Him to remind you whether you are stuck in Martha mode, forgetting it is better to be hearing from Him before you get up to do, as Mary reminds us.
May He refresh you from the inside out as you choose to rest in Him, and may the rest unfold as He intends.
For if He only has the best for both you and the world you can influence on your mind, His pace will be managable as you keep resting in Him.