He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul; he guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. —Psalm 23:2-3
We sleep soundly with the turn of a lock. We put our trust in four walls and surrender control for the dark hours of the day. Our homes make us feel safe. In them, we release control to prepare for the battles of our waking hours. We need sleep so that we are fully prepared to work hard. We want to do and give everything for God’s glory so we seek the security of home for restoration.
But God does not will for us to fill our days with work alone. We trust our physical rest to a manmade structure, but there is beauty in rest out in the open. Closing our eyes and turning our backs to the striving and the struggling can be terrifying. If we aren’t actively defending or constantly working, the world around us has a chance to catch up. Our enemies may find a moment of weakness. But rest is not independent of God’s plan. Often times, He leads us into a place of peace and restoration. Yes, He does have amazing, unique, and hustle-filled plans for us, but He also understands the need for respite.
If Jesus took a moment to rest how can we deny its benefit and indispensable place in His will for us? God intends and hopes for us to rest in Him; to have enough faith to let our guard down and trust in the protection of His arms.
Lord, give us opportunities for pause and restoration. Help us to put our striving aside and rest in You. Help us show you how much faith and love we have for You. Let us see the ways that rest is building us up and contributing to Your plan. Amen.
Make a goal this week to keep your eyes open for opportunities to rest. Even if you only have ten minutes, find a quiet place and clear your mind. God can use the quiet moments of restoration just as keenly as He uses your hard work and determination.