By: Jessica Lee
There is no better time than autumn to really, truly rest. Crisp air, beautiful scenery, a warm sweater, a cup of tea. Just the thought of it makes me want to take a deep breath and close my eyes. Rest.
The Bible gives us a great example of rest at the very beginning (Genesis 1). Not only did God rest after six days of creating, but He rested each day. After creating the skies and the waters, or the birds and the fish, He took a step back and said, “It is good.”
God, who has infinite creativity, could have just kept creating and creating. He didn’t need to rest. But He did, and we, who do require rest, should follow His example. He knew the importance of resting and appreciating.
When was the last time you can truly say that you stopped and rested? Stopped creating, stopped planning, stopped controlling, stopped texting? After each day, God stopped and recognized what was good. He appreciated the day’s work. When was the last time you did this? A ten minute prayer of thanksgiving to God at the end of the day? An extra hug to your kids? A walk around your block, breathing deeply and considering the day’s accomplishments?
“Let my soul be at rest again, for the LORD has been good to me.” – Psalm 116:7