In the midst of this mandated rest do you find yourself feeling stressed at all?
Perhaps you feel stress about the virus, not being able to go and do as you would like, finances, moving forward, being restless…
After about a week of not sleeping well, I decided it was time to take a look at my own stress. And I didn’t like what I found. See, I’m one of those people that my brain tries to hide the stress from me so I actually don’t “feel” it until I get physical symptoms – like not being able to sleep.
I have not allowed myself a period of rest. I have continued to push and do and be all the things when perhaps God was calling me to rest too. To take advantage of this mandated rest period – 40 days to be exact (Check out all the events in the Bible that were 40 days long!)
So, why do we find ourselves stressed when we are called (or mandated) to rest?
My first thought is guilt. I feel guilty when I’m resting. This person and that person are working and I should be too. Who am I to rest when they are giving it their all?
Another idea is perhaps lack of control. When I can’t control outward circumstances I tend to up my control on internal circumstances. Meaning, I try to control the things I can – and like a tyrant sometimes too. :/ And that often leads to massive to-do lists (Mine today had 29 things on it. Sigh.). And overworking too, so I don’t have to think about what I can’t control.
Isaiah 28:12 says, “God has told his people, “Here is a place of rest; let the weary rest here. This is a place of quiet rest.” But they would not listen.” (NLT)
Yeah. That’s me. Sigh again.
Jesus says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NLT)
As I sit and type this it sounds so refreshing in my exhausted state. I am going to seek to rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Wanna join me?