TYPICAL DAY IN THE LIFE…
When I was working as an obstetrician/gynecologist I woke up early each morning. Rushing around and slinging coffee, I frequently had morning meetings followed by rounds at the hospital and then off to an overbooked clinic and a phone that never stopped ringing. I juggled patients in labor with calls from the emergency room, nurses, pharmacies and colleagues. Working through lunch and running behind schedule in clinic was extremely stressful. I tried to accommodate, but it was exhausting and overwhelming. Everyone who loved me told me I needed to slow down. I knew it was true, but I didn’t know how.
Isaiah 30:15, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” NIV
DON’T ASK ME
A good friend recently asked, “How do you get off the merry-go-round?” Obviously, I’m not the one to ask. I was thrown off. My life came to a screeching halt. One day I was the doctor; the next day I was the patient. One day I was working myself into the ground, the next day I was unable to move. Myasthenia gravis doesn’t give you a choice. I rest. For the first time in my life I am resting. It wasn’t voluntary, but I will have to admit there are benefits.Rest is an art #sabbath Click To Tweet
DO YOU CONSIDER REST A FOUR LETTER WORD?
I thought rest and sleep were overrated. They are not. Rest is sweet. It brings peace. I am currently in a season of mandatory rest. God created the entire universe in six days, then He rested. He set the example then commanded us to rest. Rest is an art. It’s a discipline. It’s not optional. It’s good and ultimately it’s for our good.
Exodus 20:8-10, “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work…” NLT
HOW DO YOU REST?
Honestly, I don’t know. You will have to figure that out for yourself. But, I know this: your body needs rest, your mind needs rest, your soul needs rest. You know you need rest when you wake up exhausted, your mind races all night and your spirit is irritable.
spend time in a hammock, it’s so much trouble to get in and out, just stay there a while
drive somewhere just to watch the sunset
linger over a cup of coffee on the porch
soak in a long, hot bubble bath
journal your cluttered thoughts
read, study and memorize God’s word
REAL REST COMES FROM TRUST
God is God. Sometimes that’s all I know. He is in control. I am not, neither are you. Rest in it!
Psalm 37:7, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him…” KJV