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A Day of Rest

These past few weeks have been a busy mess it feels like. I would go from work, to working out with my friends, to preparing for sermons or doing finals for my summer classes. It seemed like there really wasn’t much time for me to just sit back, relax, and enjoy that I have a summer. I mean, I am getting older and will soon be having to find a real job where my summer isn’t as free as it once was. Even on Sundays, I get busy. Between church, mowing the yard, bible study, a little bit of exercise, and catching up on every chore that I neglected during the week, it feels like I have no free time.

But yesterday, I took a well-needed rest. Although it wasn't a full day, it was a majority of it. I woke up for work at 7 am and got off at 11. Then I spent the rest of the day with friends and family playing card games, listening to music, and sharing meals. It was a great time (even if I was exhausted and that I still didn’t take a day of the workout grind). It was well-needed rest that allowed me to just empty my mind of the pressures such as my scholarship that has more problems than ever to come through, my worries about COVID restrictions on my school, on whether or not my sermon is ready, if I have time to do everything I need to do, and whether or not I am spending enough time in His word. But that day of rest is needed. You’ve heard it before, but God rested.


Genesis 2:3 says, “So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”


If God is our example (and he SHOULD be!) then we need those days of rests. This doesn’t mean for you that it has to be Sunday, but we need to rest. God made our bodies to withstand a lot, but without rest between days, we will not function. If we do not rest before we lift that heavy weight, we will not function. If we do not rest after a long day’s work, we will not function. Our bodies, although they are intelligently designed, need to rest. So, take a day off. But in that time, thank him for it. Praise his name for rest.

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