“For in six days, the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea and everything in them; then He rested in the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.” Exodus 20:11 (NLT)
Do you consider rest to be holy? Most of us don’t. Our lives are crazy busy and overfilled. Silence is a rarity and rest? Well, rest is hard to come by.
So, then again, maybe rest is holy. Maybe rest denotes honor and respect. Think about it: when someone has been “worked to death,” it reveals a lack of respect for that person. Their personal value has been disregarded and minimized. To allow rest would be giving a level of honor.
Perhaps to rest means to quit working and chasing our tails and trust that God is in charge and will take care of us, because … well … He promises to. And we trust Him, right?
This is the last of a 3-part series with practical tips for stewarding our bodies. We looked at monitoring our Input (March 20 entry), increasing our Output (March 27 entry), and now we’ll look at Restoration. And rest is key to restoration. Let’s learn to better rest our bodies because we trust in God and we value the bodies He has given us. So here are a few thoughts:
- Do you get enough sleep? Most adults do not. God gave us sleep and, on average, our bodies need at least 8 hours a night.
- Are you overtraining? While exercise is essential to overall well-being, many exercise enthusiasts and new recruits are at risk of overtraining. One or two days off of exercise is recommended for your body to rest and recover.
- Are you constantly on the go, running from one thing to another? If so, then your body, mind and soul are probably tired. I am a firm believer in keeping the Sabbath and in periodic solitude retreats. Honor your body, mind and soul by resting from all of life’s craziness and reconnecting with yourself and with God.
God created a rhythm of life for us, and that rhythm includes rest. Maybe we too can rediscover the holiness of rest.