‘How’s your week been?’
‘Oh… good. Busy!’
It’s a common refrain in our fast-paced lives.
Most people know it’s important to slow down and take a break sometimes, but busyness is often worn like a badge of honour. It’s almost as if it doesn’t matter how we spend our time – as long as we’re seen to be really, really busy.
While the Bible encourages us in our work, it also speaks about rest.
In the Creation account (Genesis 2:2-3) we see a holy precedent of one rest day out of seven:
“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
In Mark 6 we see Jesus advising his apostles to rest in the midst of a busy time:
“Because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’.”
Matthew 11:28 also describes the kind of rest that can only be found in Jesus.
He says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Jesus simply asks that we come to Him, in the midst of everything that demands our attention, and find rest for our souls.
Weary? Burdened? Broken? Simply come to him, his truth, and his Word – and rest…
I have been guilty of wearing busyness as a badge of honor.
Rest is the word here. It’s important to be busy but even more important to rest in Him! Thanks Ali.
It’s easy to do Rolain. I think we all, to some degree, want others to think we’re busy and productive. And busyness is good! But may we each keep finding that balance between ‘doing’ and resting…. Thanks for dropping by 🙂
Amen! We should never be too busy to spend time with Jesus. Btw, love the kitty pic! 🙂
Yes – resting in Jesus will empower us to go back and do the jobs he has for us 🙂 Thanks for dropping by christrocks – and yeah, I love cat pics. Thought this one was so ‘restful’!
The devil loves it when we are “too busy for Jesus” Anything to get people to take their eyes off the Real Jesus of the Bible!
So true Sailordale. Satan is a master in distraction. It takes a conscious effort – and the help of the Holy Spirit – to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
Thanks for dropping by 🙂
Thank you for this precious reminder. Sometimes we can’t stop doing the things we have to do each day, but we can still come to Him and find rest! God bless you and yours always!
So true Debbie – it’s so good to know that no matter how busy life gets, we can always stop for a moment with Him 🙂 You too, have a great week dear friend.
This is a timely reminder. School just started and I swear the last few days have been nothing more than a blur. It’s gotten to where things are so hectic I almost feel guilty when I’m doing absolutely nothing.
It’s easy to get into the ‘habit’ of being ultra-busy isn’t it? It’s good to know we can kind of re-train ourselves to slow down and take time to rest.
All the best with all the juggling of back-to-school!
You’re so right. Busy busy busy!
Hehe, thanks Patti – we all struggle to slow down sometimes don’t we!