rest

We live in a fast-paced and frantic society. Busyness is prioritised over breaks. Productivity is emphasised over peace. But right at the very start of time, a vital pattern was established and an important rhythm was set.

God rested.

Did you catch that?! After all his creating, God rested. Why did God rest after creating the world? Was he tired? Did he need to collapse into a heap of exhaustion, worn out from forming mountain peaks and painting the skies?

Rest is often viewed as something we do to recover from our busyness and work, however, God means rest to be so much more than that. He wasn’t weary from his creative efforts but was aware of the limitations of humanity and so, beginning in Genesis, we see a pattern built into the DNA of creation. This is the rhythm of life as God intended and is woven into the fabric of the world.

Rather than simply recharging our batteries so that we can tackle the week ahead, rest can radically change how we view our lives. Sabbath is more than just a day, but is a way of being in the world. We rest, not simply to recover from our work, but to remember God. This enables us to live from a place of resting and abiding in God, rather than activity and productivity.

Earlier this year I really enjoyed reading John Mark Comer’s book, ‘The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry’. It felt a timely read for me. In it, he describes the differences between restfulness and relentlessness. Perhaps these categories might be helpful in determining which we are more regularly operating from.

RESTFULNESS RELENTLESSNESS
Margin
Slowness
Quiet
Time alone
Enjoyment
Delight
Gratitude
Clarity
Trust
Peace
Busyness
Hurry
Noise
Crowds
Distraction
Envy
Greed
Confusion
Worry
Anxiety