As I sat in my comfy chair yesterday, resting after a beautiful Sunday of worship, I was bombarded with many thoughts of things that need to be done. “The first load of laundry needs to be removed from the dryer so that the next load can be added… my closet needs to be cleaned and organized… what is on this week’s agenda?… remember that amazing idea you had last week??… you need to contact him/her, oh and don’t forget to send that email to confirm x,y, and z!” Tasks, decisions, upcoming events, “to-do” and “to-now” lists… ummmm relaxationnnn… where did you go??
There are so many things clamoring for our immediate attention; whether tasks, obligations, planning, decisions, there’s always something “needing to be done”. However, what happened to that moment of rest that you originally intended on having? I know personally, if I sit too long (normally not long enough), feelings of guilt try to creep in. “Girl, you need to be working!” “You know x,y,z needs to get done… rest another time!!” But, is that really healthy? Now of course productivity is important, as time is precious, but how productive can one truly be on an empty tank? Eventually, the car will stop, and have to be pushed or towed to a gas station. I don’t know about you, but I would definitely rather take the time and fill up my tank to have what I need, instead of running out and having to be forced to get what I should have stopped to get in the beginning…
Rest is essential, especially resting in the Lord. If we are not careful, we will work, bleed, and tire ourselves out because of the world’s definition of success. We’ll work 5 jobs, while participating in 6 organizations in order to gain money and prestige; but in reality, our families, and essentially God, are left with the crumbs of our time. There comes a point where we simply need to sit down and rest.
I am reminded of a time in my life when I was on the go at all times! During my first three years of college, I was the definition of “busy”. I held three executive board positions in 3 organizations, was in 3 music ensembles, doing hair on the side, and had an extremely demanding major. Not to mention I had the nerve to want a job on top of it all! My friends tell me now that looking back, they wouldn’t even bother to text or call me much because they knew I was too busy to hang, or would have to end it early in order to be on time for my next org meeting. While at the time, I looked important and thought I was achieving success, I was actually stressed and burned out from living an extremely hectic life. But this did not really dawn on me until a friend of mine bluntly asked me, “Are you really achieving anything?… or are you just always busy?”…That was my wake-up call.
I share this to say that we have to make sure that our ambitions and schedules are actually in alignment with what is of true importance, our purpose. Having an extremely full plate may sound or look good, but if we aren’t careful, it could all be a huge distraction; deterring our focus from where God originally intended it to be. It is only in the moments of solitude and intimacy with God that we truly find out what our assignment is. God may be speaking to us, but have we stopped or slowed down enough to hear Him? Are we in-tune with the Holy Spirit to know what doors to walk through, which ones to avoid, and when to sit down somewhere and listen. This was and (still is sometimes) a VERY hard lesson for me to learn because of pressure to be great, and to make those I love proud. But in the end, God had to show me that if He wasn’t proud… none of it even mattered.
James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.”
So beloved, take the time you need to sit the tasks to the side, silence the phone for a little while, and rest in quite time with your Heavenly Father. We have to spend time with Him in order properly operate in the day that He has given us. In order for us to properly pour out, we must be filled. Take that extra time to sit at His feet, pray, read His Word, and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to your heart and thoughts. We must take time to fill up spiritually in order to pour out supernaturally! Jesus loves you, and awaits to refresh and fill you with all you need, for the purpose He has for you to accomplish.