Rest and relaxation can be a scary thing. What? I’ll say it again. Rest and relaxation can be a scary thing. The crazy thing I’ve noticed is that those who are in most desperate need of rest are those who fear it most.
“For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:11
You can see the fear in how they avoid rest or relaxation or fun or just stopping to breathe for a moment, don’t worry about smelling the roses they barely have time to realise their nose can still smell because they are so so busy doing all this stuff and all that stuff that simply must get done very, very soon and if they don’t do it then the whole world will fall apart and they don’t have time to clean up a fallen down world because if they can just get through this never-ending to do list then, then, they can have a rest!
Met someone like that? Maybe you?
I don’t know if you’ve noticed yet, but we will always have a to do list. There will always be dust in our houses, plants to re-pot, things to buy, people to see, meetings to go to, bills to pay, books to read….
We all know why we should take a break and get some rest and some relaxation. We know why we should stop and have fun on a regular basis. We know it’s better for our physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health but some of us are too scared to stop and rest.
Mostly we don’t know why we are scared but the longer we race on the busy treadmill the harder, scarier it is to get off. Maybe we’re scared to stop and discover that we are all alone, that we have forgotten how to have some fun, that we never learnt how to play as an adult and we gave our Barbies away a long time ago… Maybe we fear what our inner voice will say in the quiet and stillness, maybe we fear the quiet….
1 Kings 19 v 11-12 tells us that God is not in the busyness, in the chaos, in the noise. He is in the still and the quiet and that is when we will hear from Him.
You can learn to rest, to relax, to have fun, to take a Sabbath. It only took God a year to convince me that if it’s good enough for God to take a day off, it’s good enough for Gail to stop, to relax, to rest, to have some fun. You can learn it too.
So don’t be afraid of rest. Plan your Sabbath Day and take a day of rest.
Have you found that you have avoided rest and relaxation time in your life? Do you think this may have been based on fear? Share your feelings in the comments below.