Ever wonder why God told to Jewish nation to rotate the fields and let the fields rest every seven years?
Everything and everyone needs rest. We can't keep going full speed ahead.
The whole reason God has instituted the Sabbath and commands us to keep it Holy is for two-fold. One, we need to rest, and two, we really need to remember what's most important in life. Beyond all things, our relationship with God should be the most cherished and important thing in our lives. A day of rest allows us to slow down and focus on that.
As a stay at home, home-schooling mother, I rarely get the chance to be at home by myself. Recently, I caught a cold and my husband took the kids to church and let me rest. It was a much needed “timeout”. The house was so nice and quiet. I felt guilty for wishing I could enjoy this more often. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids, but it’s non-stop around here.
God reminds us in Psalms to “Be still and know I am God” (Psalms 46:10).
He instituted a weekly day of rest (Exodus 20:8). In Matthew 11:28, Jesus tells everyone, “Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest.” It’s important that we remember we can’t go 24/7/365. The body and mind and soul all need periods of rest. Occasionally, it’s OK to take a day to rest and restore.
We live in a high-paced world that doesn’t stop for anyone or anything. Make sure your priorities are in order. For the sake of your physical, mental and spiritual health, take a timeout.
Isaiah 40:30-31 (NIV): “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”