LGD 113: Complete Rest

a hammock in the fall

Rest is inviting. A warm summer afternoon lounging at the beach or better yet swaying in the autumn breeze in a hammock.

a hammock in the fall
Photo by Angelina Kichukova on Unsplash

When I went to Trinidad and Tobago on a mission trip with my college, they had a saying when they rested called “liming” around.

The Spanish culture calls it a “siesta”.

At the beginning of time, God created the heavens and the earth, and all that is in it. He did this in six days, and on the seventh – He rested.

The seventh day is powerful – it is our Sabbath day.

The author of Exodus writes,

“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the LORD. “

Exodus 31:15a

Most workplaces operate on a Monday to Friday schedule; however, somewhere along the way we blurred the lines between our work week and our personal time.

In fact, the lines got so blurry we don’t even stop working.

And we wonder why we tired and exhausted.

God calls us to rest and refresh. I have been horrible at this. If I’m not working on “work” stuff, I am busy with church stuff or personal stuff.

So, I am trying to do better. I try and take at least one day to rest and relax. I work hard not to look at work emails or do things which propel my other stuff forward.

I lace up my walking shoes and I get out and walk. I listen the Scripture or Christian music or a book. This is my form of resting.

Rest and relaxation looks different for each one of us. I encourage you to set aside one day this weekend to rest and relax.

Set aside the hurry of the week, and rest awhile. Your body and soul will be grateful.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for creating the Sabbath. This weekend, help me to spend time resting and relaxing. Restore my body and soul through this process. Amen!

I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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