I am not so good about resting. You know, that intentional rest where you come out of it feeling revived and ready to conquer the world. When I say I’m resting, it’s more like just falling over in exhaustion and engaging in mindless activity. There is no feeling of relief. No feeling as if the weight of the world is being lifted, it’s just a few moments or hours of nothingness.
True rest is taking time to realign yourself. It’s getting back to your foundation. I am actually the most rested when I’m engaged in something that makes me come alive. Sometimes, it’s reading a book that speaks into my life, or spending time in God’s creation.
The beach is definitely one of my happy places. Last winter, I was able to spend a long weekend in So Cal. On my last day there, I decided to find the 101 and drive down the coast from Northern LA back down to Orange County. After a few missed turns and traffic adventures, there was the 101 and I hit Santa Monica. It was 7am…the place was a ghost town and it was so peaceful. Just some janitors, the seagulls, and me. I spent a few minutes watching the waves crash to the shore, letting my toes dig into the sand, and just spent some time being “still.” Serenity.
Unfortunately, I don’t live near a beach. I have to be a bit more intentional in my every day life to rest. Life can get really stressful. My job has many demands on my time and energy with ten new things added to the to-do list for every one that I accomplish. I’m learning to take time to read even just a chapter of a book or a few verses in the Bible, or roll around the floor with my dog, or have a life giving conversation to realign my focus.
It is very easy to just allow life to get in the way. To keep grinding away until there is little to nothing left. You can get lost in the hustle if you aren’t careful. Don’t let that happen to you. Be determined to find the time to rest and reboot.
Where do you find your rest?
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