“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”Genesis 2:1-3
I came back out to Arizona in the summer of 1998 after living in Chicago for four years. Rebekah had connected me with a temporary staffing agent who placed me in a job, and God was good to provide me one that worked out quite well for me. I was offered employment after two weeks of being back in the valley and was eager to get started. I loved everything about the job, and I was not too worried about the early morning shift.
My alarm clock went off at 4:10am and I got ready for my new job working at the hospital. My shift started at 5:00am, but that meant I would be off by 1:30pm, which was fantastic. I started school the following month and took an afternoon and evening class back-to-back. Immediately after work, I would go to school until 9:00pm. Everything seemed to be lining up perfectly, but I forgot about the time I would spend with Rebekah and also the need to get some sleep.
Rebekah would meet me at school occasionally and bring me dinner and we would spend time together between classes. We would also spend weekends together and speak on the phone prior to going to bed. I recall times I would go to bed at midnight only to repeat the same thing the following day. I would be completely burnt out come Friday. Rebekah and I had a Friday routine in which we would go to Pete’s Fish and Chips and catch a movie. I would be so grouchy and tired that I would without fail start a fight with her. I am not sure why I would do it, but it seemed to be inevitable. I was burning the candle at both ends and am not sure how Rebekah tolerated me during this time, but she was girlfriend of the year for doing so. I should have been more disciplined in the things I was doing, and I should not have neglected the power of a good night’s rest.
The creation of the world was miraculous, but I don’t believe God was weary from His work. I believe God used the six days to work and took a day of rest to be an example to us. He is almighty God and did not grow tired, but rested to show us that we need rest. The recent pandemic has been a time for my family to step back from things and take a rest from the busy lifestyle we often live. God has given us back some time to enjoy Him and also to enjoy one another. A day of rest should not be optional, but it should be a day we take to worship our God and to allow ourselves to recuperate spiritually, physically and mentally. Time is never wasted when we allow ourselves a time of rest. I love my Sunday nap and I find it to be energizing for me throughout the week.
Do you need rest? Are you getting enough physical rest? How is your spiritual rest? Are you resting in Him or is your mind occupied with the cares and concerns of tomorrow? Matthew 6:34 states, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil (trouble) thereof.” A lack of spiritual rest will often lead to spiritual, mental, and physical problems if we are not resting in the One who controls it all. Are you burning the candle on both ends or are you following the example of Almighty God? May we be aware of our need to physically rest, but may we more so rest in Him who gives a peace that passes all understanding.