For the last several years, it has been a popular thing to do to pray towards the end of the year and ask God to give you a “word” for the upcoming year. I’ve done that in the past – I even bought a book one year that was supposed to help me hear the word God was giving me. At the end of 2019, I decided I would not ask God to give me a word because I never seemed to connect with that word after January. Kind of like those resolutions we make and don’t stick with them much past January, if that long. (And yes, I do realize we are almost half-way through February, but bear with me here!)
Early in January, I was scrolling through FaceBook and saw a link where I could click and receive a “word” for the year. (I don’t advise you to click on those types of links – I read recently that scammers and hackers can get all kinds of information on you just by you clicking that type of link.)
Anyway, I clicked and my word popped up. The word was “rest.” And I thought to myself, “How very appropriate.” Because I was tired. Physically, emotionally, spiritually, and every other way imaginable, tired. Drained. Beyond exhaustion.
Now, since this wasn’t a spiritual site that I clicked through, I can’t say this word was from God. And yet, I can imagine had I asked him for a word, it would have been rest.
So what does the word rest mean? Merriam-Webster tells us that rest is defined as “a bodily state characterized by minimal functional and metabolic activities”; “freedom from activity or labor”; “a state of motionlessness or inactivity”; “peace of mind or spirit.”
I have thought, and continue to think about what this rest looks like for me. Certainly, it means better sleep, as I rarely sleep a full night. Some nights I only sleep two or three hours. Other nights I might sleep four or five. But since I’ve started pondering about rest, I have had occasional nights of sleeping eight, nine, and even ten hours on one occasion. What a difference a good night’s sleep will make! But I’ve also learned that if I need a nap, I’ll take a nap in the afternoon. Just enough to refresh me for the rest of the afternoon/evening.
But the important thing is what does rest look like to God? Over the next several posts, I will look at that and share with you my thoughts.
Please feel free to leave your comments and share with me and others how you obtain rest.