Recently I read about a research study addressing the amount of oxygen a workman needs each day. On average, a person breathes 30 ounces of oxygen a day, but uses 31. By the end of the day he has a 1 ounce deficit.
While sleeping, he breathes more oxygen than needed to sleep, so he awakens with 5/6ths of the lost ounce, not completely refreshed. At the end of the week, he again has a 1 ounce deficit. He needs a days rest to restore the oxygen. Over time, without regular rest cell death occurs. Enough cell death and the person dies. But as long as he rests every seventh day, he will be restored.
Isn’t God wonderful? Look what He knew about resting that we didn’t!
Most healthy people think that we who are chronically ill/in pain are always resting. What they don’t realize is that it takes a tremendous amount of energy to fight pain and illness. Every minute of every day.
So how do we, as chronically ill, truly rest? We each have learned ways as we’ve adapted to this different life. Reading, meditating, listening to music are a few. It is important to find ways that help us rest, and it can sometimes be difficult. My body is in constant overdrive, so I find I have to “work” to try to physically relax.
However, resting in God is the best choice we can make; in fact, it is key. Matthew 11:28 “Come to me you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” The New Living Translation, verse 29 says “. . . Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle and you will find rest for your souls.“ Pray, asking Him to show you, to teach you, how to rest in Him. He created each of us uniquely; He knows how to show you to rest.
God wants us to rest. Our pain may or may not lessen, but rest is essential. Our soul can find true rest in Him. Physically resting and learning to rest in God honors Him and benefits us.
Prayer: Lord, teach me how to rest in You, so that I can find true peace and refreshment. When I am tempted to do too much to find that rest that the rest of the world seems to seek, remind me that only You will provide the rest that I need.
About the Author:
Priscilla Ervin lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband of 34 years. She also lives with chronic Epstein-Barr, Fibromyalgia and GI problems. Her favorite activity (though not always restful!) is spending time with her 3 year old granddaughter.
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When you are exhausted from coping with your illness and pain, how do you find rest? Help us with some practical tips!