We all need to rest– but why is that so hard and come with so much guilt? Vicki shares how rest should be a priority.
“Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of.” (Hebrews 4:11).
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get paid for resting? I’d apply for that job. Or would I?
When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), my brother, Ken, gave me some advice. He related a conversation he had with our son about music.
“I asked Rob what’s the hardest part about being a drummer. He told me, ‘The rests.’ So, Vic, plan rests.” Ken knew my nonstop way of living wouldn’t be good for my health and that I would need to rest.
An inattentive percussionist in an orchestra can ruin the song. A clash of symbols at the wrong time would be disrupting. Halting the performance. Similarly, if I don’t pay attention to my need for rest, my performance could be halted.
Hebrews refers to that rest—the final rest. Arriving in heaven requires resting from works. Understanding we can’t earn our divine reservation with Him in glory. And trusting in Christ’s completed work on the cross.
But, that verse also speaks to me about making an effort to rest. What a challenge it is to be diligent to enter rest.
Why don’t I want to rest? Is it because I’m still in a bit of denial that I have MS? Perhaps, it’s because resting is a foreign concept to me. Maybe, I don’t want to miss out on the fun everyone else is having. It might be that I’m not committed to changing old habits.
My reluctance to rest proves I’m resisting my need for new priorities. It’s necessary for me to stop and recharge my body.
We have access to free fuel for our bodies and souls–unlimited strength. In Isaiah 41:10 God promises, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.”
People often ask, “What do you do?” I used to answer, “I teach.”
But now I think of resting as part of my job. It requires diligence. Nowadays when people ask me what I do, I reply, “My job is to take care of myself so I can serve the Lord however He chooses to use me.”
Prayer: Dear Father, When I am still in Your presence, I’m revived. Help me remember to schedule times for rest. Remove all barriers to that rest. Including any denial that I need rest. Continue to heal the grief I experience over losses due to my disease. In Jesus’ name, Amen>
About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 31 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her online community she reaches out to other parents of children with special needs. http://theblogfrog.com/1505794
What do you think of when someone tells you you need to rest? If you imagine you’re applying for the job of ‘rest expert’ what would you list as your qualifications?
Do you need to rest? Here is a worship song, Rest in Me by Todd Vaters. We hope the music and lyrics touch you today and you either rest–or struggle to rest!