Part of my lunch routine is listening to worship music or classical music, depending on my mood. I have joked with my coworkers that I am “going away” when I put in my earbuds. I have learned that by disappearing into the music I am better prepared for the next portion of my work shift. When I don’t have the ability to listen to music, I find that I am not able to snap back into place.
Working with people daily can be a draining experience. Even if the people around you and with whom you interact are positive people, after a while it can feel like you are depleted. It could be your children, your students, your coworkers, or even people on the phones, the constant contact eventually drains the spirit.
As we continue through our schedules and activities it can feel a bit like we are Stretch Armstrong being pulled in all directions. While the toy was made for intense amounts of pulling, human beings are not. God designed us to put things down and rest. Just as God rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:2-3) we are called to do the same. Our need for rest allows our spirits to spring back to their original shapes. We cannot be stretched and stretched without allowing time to come back together.
I look forward to each weekend, whether we are attending a cross country event for our son, working on the house or in the yard, or just watching movies. Each of these activities is a time for me to allow my mind to relax, to rest, and prepare for the next week. Although I am not resting in a physical sense, I am still using different parts of me to complete these tasks. Allowing my Monday through Friday mind to recover.
I have said it often, we need time to be still (Psalm 46:10) but that doesn’t look the same for all people. I know a number of people who work out at the gym to snap back into place, while others may take a walk, go for a bike ride, or a hike. Still others may watch a movie, read a book, do handiwork, dig in the garden, or some other outside chore. Napping is of course the common thought of those who think of resting. Whatever works to help you regain your elasticity at the end of the week then do it.
Best Beloved, how can we think that we are available for God’s work and purposes when we are exhausted, cranky, even down-right mean? Where is Jesus in any of those experiences? There is a reason He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). He knew what we could accomplish and what we could not.
So this weekend, find the thing that refills your cup and do it. Allow yourself the rest your soul needs. You will be grateful and everyone around you may be as well.