When to Rest


I do my best work at night. It could be that the latest episode of Fixer Upper got the creative juices flowing a little too close to bedtime… or maybe it’s the cup of coffee I just couldn’t say no to at 8:00 p.m. while watching said episode of Fixer Upper… or more than likely it’s the fact that everyone else has gone to bed and this is “me time”. Don’t get me wrong. I love my husband and daughter more than I could ever put into words, but us mamas need some “me time”.

As I write this, it’s the wee hours of the morning and my brain is humming with ideas for our formal living room turned office. See, that is how my brain works. I’ve planned it all out on paper, drawn up the plans for the remaining desk and shelves I want to build, actually started rearranging the furniture (as quietly as possible) and, I’ll admit, even checked our paint supply to see if I had enough goods to start painting.

Y’all have to understand — I am not one to rest. Relaxing for me looks like working on my latest project, and there is always a latest project! It’s just how I’m wired. I love to be busy. More often than not, though, I have to remind myself that rest is just as important; that I have to stop, really stop, to appreciate the blessings I have. Those are the moments I hear that Still, Small Voice, and those are the moments that bring the most overwhelming sense of peace.

Creating, building, crafting, painting, decorating, re-decorating… those are all amazing things, balanced by an adequate amount of enjoying the quiet moments; that rare “me time”. Taking solace in those moments make the craziness of the every day that much more beautiful.

At our church staff retreat this week, we were encouraged to take quiet time to really let the Holy Spirit guide us and to simply listen. Friends, there is something powerful about looking out at nature and being alone with the Creator in His creation. It’s rejuvenating. It brings a sense of peace that can only come from One Source, and if you let it, it will carry over into tomorrow, and the next day and the next.

God gives us each talents and ambitions and desires, but He also calls us to rest; something I admittedly fail at at times but am so grateful for when I succeed. Those periods of rest bring me immeasurably closer to God and produce an abundance of joy in my life that carries over into the busyness and the everyday routine .

So maybe today or tonight or this weekend, let’s put down the power tools and paintbrushes, the to do lists and the honey-do lists, curl up with our favorite cup o’ Joe and take a moment to recenter and rest; to live out Psalm 46:10. We can get back to the projects tomorrow.

    “Be still, and know that I am God!
    I will be honored by every nation.
    I will be honored throughout the world.”

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2 comments

  1. Really, really special devotion, Sweetie, beautifully expressed and extremely uplifting! God honors you as you honor Him. Love you!

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