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!
There are many ways to rest and refill the tank. Here are three:
- Physical rest: Giving your body the pause it needs.
Are you getting enough sleep? Psalm 127 tell us two very important things about sleep: First, sleep is God's gift. Enjoy it. Take a nap or an extra hour in the sack. Second, God doesn't buy it when you continually say, "I am so busy I just have to burn the candle at both ends." That's vanity. Psalm 127 should be enough motivation to rest your body, but if you need a little more read this article. I suspect you'll sleep longer tomorrow if you do.
- 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. Additionally, this sabbath rest is "just what the Doctor ordered" to reorient and refresh our souls.
God wants you on the road not rusting in some field, so take the time to fill your tank this weekend. Our new series, Prayer: What's Stopping You?, and our accompanying 25-Day Prayer Journey will help.
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- Join us at 9:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. as we learn why we can and should pray big audacious prayers.
God loves you so much he wants to make sure you get restored physically, emotionally, and spiritually. That's why you must embrace this truth:
How will you take time to rest?
"John Adams relished long walks . . . " from John Adams, by David McCullough, page 18.