I came across a post the other day on Facebook that said,
“God is honored by your rest. It means that you trust that He’s working when you’re not. That you know His plans are not furthered nor hindered by your activity. That you believe that if He rested, it means you should, too. Rest is Worship.”
As we get ready to enter into one of the busiest times of the year, let’s remember to prepare our hearts for this season. Instead of filling our calendars, what if we make sure to honor our sabbath and add in a purposeful time of rest?
Thanksgiving is full of food, cooking, baking, preparing for guests… but what if we took the time to make it about being thankful? Thankful for what we already have. Thankful for the family we are surrounded by. Thankful for the food we have.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever.” Psalm 118:1
Christmas seems to be even more busy… kids out of school, entertaining, Christmas parties, shopping lists, gift wrapping… the list seems to never end! What if we took the time to remember the reason for the season? Jesus was born, a lowly baby, in a dirty stable. We honor the babe God sent to give us eternal life. Let’s find rest in knowing that we are saved for eternity because of the miracle of this little one.
Life will continue on after these holidays are over. The Lord’s plans will not be changed if we don’t make it to every party or buy every gift on that list… but we need the rest and what better time to find that rest than in this season and honoring the reason we celebrate.
Thank you, Lord, for rest. Thank you that you know our bodies can’t keep going the way we want them to. You gave us so many examples in the Bible of rest. Help us to give ourselves the grace that you give us. Help us to make margin in our schedules to rest and to spend time with you, especially during these holidays as we honor you. Amen.