Resting is essential to the rhythm of the spiritual life. Not sure why I don't rest more! God tells us to rest. Jesus rested. Jesus encouraged his followers to rest up. The Sabbath was built into the pattern of every week. And yet, as a pastor who has a flourishing ministry life, and a dad who has a flourishing family life, and as a husband who has a blessed marriage, and as a student who has a huge deadline on the horizon… I fail to rest.
So since Sunday morning, I have purposefully rested. I have slept, played with my kids, and held the hand of my wife. I've eaten well and done a few small projects to avoid laziness. I've agonizingly avoided emails and facebook, phone calls and to-do lists. And my heart is doing well.
Tomorrow I'll be back in action, but with a determination to make rest a common trait of my week. I've got to find a time outside of Sunday to consider a Sabbath day and to keep that holy.