What You Must Know To Rest

Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.
— Jesus

I've got a hunch that your willy-nilly hectic pace leaves few opportunities for pit stops along the road of life. But the simple truth is that no one can run on an empty tank. Fail to refuel and you'll end up like this old Chrysler -- all memories and no movement.

That's not good!

Staying on the road and out of the ditch requires knowing how to fill your tank. For this we look to Jesus. Jesus knew that perpetual motion was a prescription for permanent failure, so he made sure his disciples stopped to fill their tanks:

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. Mark 6:30-32 NIV

Hard work drains the body -- physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Rest is God's means to fill the tank. It is not a luxury. It is a necessity. We need rest to recharge our tired bodies and to reinvigorate our weary souls. Rest is God's gift (Psalm 127). It is his daily memo that he has everything under control. He saved us. He will carry us. Chill out!

Rest is not a luxury. Rest is a necessity.

There are many ways to rest and refill the tank. Here are a few examples:

  • Physical rest: Giving your body the pause it needs.
    Psalm 127 tell us that it is vanity to burn the candle at both ends. Are you getting enough sleep? The psalmist reminds us that sleep is God's gift. Enjoy it. Take a nap or an extra hour in the sack.
  • Emotional rest: Discovering what puts a skip back in your step and doing it.
    British Prime Minister Winston Churchill took time to paint. President Woodrow Wilson loved to take afternoon drives in his car. John Adams relished long walks and time alone on horseback. These activities were invigorating and chased away feelings of melancholy.
  • Spiritual rest: Being in God's presence is high octane fuel. 
    The Psalmist said, "I was glad when they said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the LORD!'" There is no substitute for worship with the family of God.

What would restore you physically, emotionally, and spiritually this weekend? God wants you on the road not rusting in some field.

Take time to fill your tank. Take time to rest!

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"John Adams relished long walks . . . " from John Adams, by David McCullough, page 18.