Have you ever been so busy that you literally feel like you can’t handle even one more thing?
Life gets like that sometimes, doesn’t it? And the holidays are especially challenging to our schedules, our calendars, and our ability to rest.
Matthew 11:28 tells us to come to Christ, that He will give us rest.
What a beautiful picture of rest and peace and comfort!
As believers, we know we’re supposed to get our rest from Christ. That may not be Christianity 101, but it’s at least in the 102 course. It’s something we know deep down in our marrow.
By God’s grace, we find rest in other ways, too, though.
Some of us find rest by hanging out with our friends. (Introverts might be politely coughing right about now.)
Some of us find rest with our church family. For some, simply being in church is restful.
My husband and I recently went to an art show. That’s totally not my norm, but it is my husband’s sort of thing. He probably could have spent another hour or so there. Being there was restful for him. (We left when we did because he took pity on me.)
I know people who find watching sports restful. Or even those who find playing sports restful. I might enjoy the former, but the latter is beyond me. I’m so uncoordinated, it’s ridiculous. I know a runner, though, who says that marathons are restful. She might come out of it physically exhausted, but the way she has to block everything out to focus on her running for such a long duration means that she is forced to turn off a lot of the things that normally take up her head space. As a result, that marathon becomes a time of spiritual, emotional, and even mental rest for her.
I can sort of relate to that. Taking a break – getting rest – can be as simple as experiencing a shift in focus. Thinking about something else for a while can give you the distance you need to get perspective on the something. And that perspective can be invaluable. I’m not going to lie, though. Sometimes we do this as avoidance, too. So we have to be careful. There is a difference between taking a break from a problem and outright avoiding having to deal with the problem. But that’s a post for another day. 😉
I like to read at the end of the day. I read at other times, too. But I especially like to read at the end of the day. I escape into a story, and I get that nice little mental rest that helps me to relax before I turn in for the night. If I were more self-aware than I am, I could probably feel my blood pressure dropping as I read. (This is a running joke in my house. I say that I hurt myself. My husband will ask where. And I’ll say something like, “I don’t know. It doesn’t hurt right this second.” My lack of self-awareness about these sorts of things has become somewhat legendary…)
Anyway…what about you? In what do you find rest? What helps you calm the busy-ness that so easily consumes our lives this time of the year? And if your answer is also reading – share some book titles with me. Bonus points if it’s by an Inspy Romance author!! 😊
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