Take a Holy Rest

I overslept. I wanted to get up early to pray, but it’s been a busy, taxing, exhausting week spirit, soul, and body, and I just couldn’t do it.

Some things have been pressing on my heart. Early o’clock this morning was my only shot at a chunk of time to pray, and I snoozed right through it.

Thoughts were forming on the fringes of my mind. You know the ones. “Selfish much?” “And you call yourself a Christian. If you really loved God, you would have been up hours ago praying.” “Couldn’t you even watch and pray an hour?”

Oh, the spirit was willing, but the flesh was bone-tired.

Just as even worse self-condemning thoughts were mass-producing in my mind, God whispered the sweetest words to my soul.

“Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is rest.”

What drained me was work I was doing for Him. Decorating the church. Emailing. Planning an event. Ministering to people. I worked all my hours for the week in two days, and I was toast.

Left to myself, I’m an evil taskmaster. I did so many good things, but the list of what I didn’t do was tormenting my mind.

Resting wasn’t even on the list. It’s the first thing we cut and the last thing we give ourselves permission do. We’re called to give our lives away, right?

Yes…..but…..the same Bible that tells us to spend all and be spent for Him also says He gives His beloved sleep.

Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is rest. Relax. Unwind. Take a load off. Sleep.

The peace those words contained was a salve to my weary soul. They reminded me of His love and care for me. That He’s a good Father not a mean ogre who just wants to use me until there’s nothing left to give and then demand more.

As we enter the most wonderful time of the year, which is by far the busiest most chaotic time of year, let this serve as a reminder.

In the midst of all we do for Him. For others. For our families. As we lay our lives down, let’s not forget the sacredness of sitting at His feet and resting. Of breathing His presence in so we have something of Him to give out.

Do something spiritual today. Take a holy rest. I give you permission.

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