Pete and I got back from a mini vacation yesterday where we spent a lot of hours on a plane.
As we buckled up for the long flight home, I watched one ad after another pop up on the screen of the headrest in front of me. One ad for the airline caught my eye: “There’s no stop in us, or you. Only go.” A plane soared through the clouds in the background.
I get the ad—go, do, forge ahead, be a pioneer, we’ll take you where you want to be—but as the words faded off the screen, I felt a little stressed.
For pretty much the past decade, I’ve been busy. I’ve had a ton of fun, but it’s also been tiring.
“How was your day?”
“How was your weekend?”
So when I see an ad about going, doing, moving ahead and not slowing down, I start feeling a little hurried. In my head, I hear, “Go, go, go!” And all I really want to do is answer back, “Can’t I just sit here a minute?”
I’m not great at being still, even on vacation, but sometimes it’s nice to slow down, go at your own pace and take a breather whenever you feel like it. While we were gone, I told Pete that I wish we could be on vacation all the time. Our work weeks are full and our weekends too short, so I have to remind myself that rest isn’t just enjoyable; it’s necessary.
Heck, even God Himself took a day to rest. And then you know what He did? He commanded us to do the same. Commanded.
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”
Sabbath means rest, to stop or cease. If we don’t take advantage of that regularly, we’ll run ourselves into the ground.
So here’s a question: If the All Powerful came down right now and told you to take a nap, would you do it? Or would you mumble something about the dishes or your work or that thing you haven’t done yet?
I’d like to think I’d throw on my PJs and hit the pillow, but knowing me, I’d put up a fight.
“But, Almighty, I haven’t packed lunches or finished laundry yet.”
“Stop whining; I’ve got my hands full with the election.”
Of course, whenever I do take a moment to rest, it’s wonderfully refreshing and I’m left to wonder why I don’t do it more often. Hence the forever-vacation comment.
What about you? Do you have a hard time slowing down? How do you find rest?
Two things I’ve found helpful:
- 7 Signs You’re Way Too Busy—by Relevant
- Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives—by Dr. Richard Swenson … (I got this book two Christmases ago. Is it a sign that I haven’t finished it yet?)