It is 9:30 PM in the Chipmunks household. The youngest son, Theodore, is in bed and was fast asleep before the third page of his bedtime story.
The second son, Simon, busied himself at his study desk, endlessly flipping through stacks of science textbooks.
Dad: "Lights out Buddy"
Simon: "Not done yet dad."
Dad: Not done with what?
Simon: "With my reading. I've got a test tomorrow."
Dad: "You'll be fine. I know you've put in your best. You need to go to bed or you'll be too tired for your test."
Simon: "I have to get through these seven textbooks to make sure I'm covered on all angles."
Dad: "Don't you know what you're getting tested on?"
Simon: "I'm not sure Dad. That's why I have to cover all angles; just in case."
Alvin, the first son, sat starring out the window while humming along to 'Jingle Bells'.
Dad walked in and turned off the loud stereo.
Dad: "Alvin! Time for bed!"
Alvin: "Please please pleeeease! Five more minutes. I promise."
Alvin: "Can't wait for Christmas Daddy. I'm going to build a giant snowman right there" He said pointing out to the front yard.
Dad: "There are One hundred-and-thirty-five Sleeps left until Christmas Alvin"
Alvin: “Oh mehn...I'm so excited! I can smell the trees and the snow already. I'm gonna go and find the perfect twigs for my snowman's arms right now. (Alvin ran out)
Sometimes we are either too excited or too anxious about the future and things we have no control over. Therefore, we are spent; because we overplan, overprepare and exhaust ourselves; not leaving time out time for rest, because there is no certainty of the future.
Jesus said: "Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matt 1:28 - International Standard Version)
Do you have those friends or family members who, like Theodore, are in deep conversation with you one minute, and the next moment, they are sound asleep; in a matter of seconds?
Or, are you one to count the imaginary stars on your ceiling, evaluate the day you've just had and make plans for 3 or 10 years down the line with excitement or anxiety about if you'll ever get there like Simon and Alvin?
If you are one of those people who easily switch off, you are blessed. Some of us find it hard to switch off; our minds never stop working,
In the Bible, the word ‘REST’ was first mentioned in Genesis; after God created the Heavens, the Earth and all its inhabitants. He rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2); teaching us that whenever we have finished doing everything we need to do we should take rest.
Like the phrase "Do your best and leave the rest to God" - sit back, stand down; after you've done your part, allow God to do His. Rest your body, rest your mind, rest your heart; don't worry or be anxious about things that you're not capable of handling. God is saying that He's got us; we should rely on him, rest away from the hard work, stand down from the difficult situations that requires God.
We often forget to include any time to spend with God and get directions from Him, to make this life's race and journey easier. “Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary (Isaiah 40:31 New American Standard Bible)
Taking rest is not just about sleeping when you're tired. Taking rest can mean:
* To recover or recuperate
* To rely on someone else to help you or do the Job for you.
* You have accomplished a task.
* You are positively waiting for the result to unfold
*You have the assurance, it will all work out.
Definition (Verb): To cease work or movement in order to relax, sleep, or recover strength.
*To be inactive in order to regain strength or health. *Not moving or exerting oneself. *Not agitated or troubled’ [English Oxford Living Dictionary 2017 ]
slow down, ease up, pause, take a break, take time off, unwind, be at leisure, take it easy, lounge, chill out, kick back, recharge your batteries [Google 2017]
Antomyms: Move, Work, Stuggle, Strain, Labour, Toil [Power Thesaurus 2017]
Having a Rest in God means you can totally rely on Him. He gives you strength to walk; while sometimes He has to hold your hand to lead and support you; He'll even pick you up when you fall and carry you when you're weak.
Rest is what Doctors recommend to aid healing process.
You see, when you are strained, burned out or injured, there is little you can do without
rest to regain strength.
Firing without recharging will only make you an easy target once you run out of ammunition.
Where do you draw strength from when you're tired, weak or wiped out?
Do you have friends who can strengthen you with godly advice and back you up with prayer?
Do you wait to hear from God before setting your plan in motion, to make sure you are going about it the right way? "A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure"(Proverbs 16:9 AMPC) - "We make our own plans, but the Lord decides where we will go"(CEV)
We also need rest because our flesh is constantly waging war against Gods spirit in us and does not allow us to carry out our good intension (Galatians 5:17)
We need to rest from the stress of life, rest from running after our dreams, from the difficulties of this world, rest from relying on our self and doing everything by our power and wisdom. "Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding; include God in everything you do, and He will direct your path. (Proverbs 3:5-6 New Living Translation)
Rest On God - Rely and depend on Him
Rest In God - Put your Faith and Hope in Him with confidence.
When you feel Overwhelmed, try this EXERCISE TO PRACTICE REST -
RELAX - let go & shake off the worries
EXHALE - breathe out slowly
SETTLE - Be STILL
TOTALLY SURRENDER - Hand your life over to God in prayer, so that you can have peace of mind.
SONG - Cover: Witney Houston’s I look to You – Amy Perry & Selah