We have had some excellent summer weather so far this year. It makes me excited to venture outside of my home to enjoy the blessings of summer time. Many ventures I can still do on my own or at a physical distance. One of these is spending time in my hammock. I love spending a lazy afternoon swinging in my hammock, resting, and reflecting.
Resting and Recharging is not lazy. In fact it is something that God asks us to do in the 3rd Commandment. And it is spiritually important for us to rest. God showed us an example by resting on the 7th day. Jesus often went away to pray in a quite place and we have several bible stories where he is napping. Taking sabbath is more than just going to church. It is also about rest. And resting allows us to remember that we are not responsible for taking care of everything and that all people are equal in the eyes of God.
In Ecclesiastes 3, it speaks about there being a time for everything. And we certainty know that. In our lives there are certain sessions that are busier than others. I think it is important in those times to find moments of rest. “ I perceived that there is nothing better for people than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil - this is God’s gift to humanity”(3:12-13). Maybe our moment of rest in a busy season, looks like taking just a few seconds of quite to enjoy the busy day or a beautiful moment.
And in those times when it is not busy, it is even more vital to embrace the gift of a slow session to actually rest. There is a temptation when our schedules are empty to fill them up. Instead, let us follow God’s command to rest and take more naps, enjoy coffee with friends, read a good book, or go fishing and embrace down time to rest and be in the presence of God’s peace. Our bodies and our souls need it, especially after this many weeks of worry and stress.