Sunday, July 15, 2012

Importance of "Rest"

In this busy life "Rest" has become a rare commodity!
Everyday we find there are so many jobs to do. No matter who we are, a professional, home maker, student, the chores seem endless. So many are pushing themselves beyond their limit to be successful in studies and profession that they have forgotten to rest and really enjoy life. They work day and night to be successful and forget to even have proper meals on time. God does want His people to work and not be lazy but be successful and the "Head". But He does not want them to run in circles with no rest. He does not want to see His children strive hard and stress themselves out by working 7 days a week. He wants us to "Rest" one day in a week. He established one day each week as a day for rest (Genesis 2:2-3; Exodus 20:8-11).
"Rest" means, 1) Cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength. 2) An instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity. 
God Himself found the need to rest after a busy 6 days of Creation work.
Genesis 2:2 "By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. "

He knew the importance of rest and made it mandatory for His people and even their animals.He knew this rest was needed once a week after a hectic 6 days of work, to refresh the body, heart and mind for He is concerned about our over all well being.
 Exodus 23:12 “Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the foreigner living among you may be refreshed."
The Bible says in 
 Psalm 127:2, "In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat—for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves."
But in midst of all the running around, we need to stop everything once in a while and take a break one day in a week to just "Rest"
Even in midst of our work we can stop awhile to sit back, take a deep breath and just do something to relax ourselves.  May be we can just stretch ourselves a bit, or sit back and sip a hot cup of coffee.
We can listen to some good music or just close your eyes a while.
If we have a lovely view outside our window, we can sit by a while and look at the flowers, watch the birds, enjoy the beauty around us, watch the kids laugh and play.
Relaxing a bit sure helps to ease the work pressure and helps us get back to work with fresh energy.
Life is precious and short, let's take time amidst our busy schedule to relax a bit and be refreshed.
Let us take time to enjoy God's gift of time, once in a while or you'll just miss the joy it brings.
When was the last time you..
~Watched the sunrise or sunset from the sea shore or just from your window.
~Admired the colorful beauty of the flowers...inhaled its fragrance.
~just watched the clouds pass by the sky...or get lost in the beauty of a clear night sky with all the stars adorning it!
~Watched the birds build their nests...or just see them fly.
When was it you last...
~went for an outing or picnic with family or friends,
~Went on a vacation ..
~Spent quality time playing with kids or just talking to them getting to know what going on in their life.
Jesus Christ our Lord urged His disciples to rest when He saw they were nat even taking time to eat they food.

Mark 6:31"Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he (Jesus) said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."
How many of us fail to eat our meals on time because we are too busy?
It's time to stop and rest!
May Yeshua's presence refresh your body, mind and heart and make life worth living!
Deuteronomy 33:12 

About Benjamin he said: "Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders."