By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:2-3 NIV
Sundays were my favorite.
As soon as we got home from church, Mama headed to the kitchen to make the “sangwiches”. Daddy-O grabbed two handfuls of orange pop for the metal green Coleman, soon to be filled with ice from the local Shell station.
We were going for a ride!
My little girl heart would squeal with anticipation as the familiar picnic table came into view. Daddy-O would proclaim his usual “How’s this one look?” as he pulled over to the side of the road, already knowing the answer.
We’d chow down, then we’d lie down on the big ole blanket Mama spread out on the grass and we’d rest.
Really truly rest.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NIV
Maybe, like me, the rest stop of your youth has gotten lost in the shuffle. These days, the benefits of rest are buried beneath our “To Do” lists, right? Besides, who has time for it anyway?
Rest releases stress. I get grumpy when I get tired…can I get an “A-men”? Taking time to rest allows us to release the junk inside and jump start our joy.
Rest rattles the enemy. My sweet Grandma B used to say that the devil likes to keep us so busy that we don’t think about God. Grandmas are wise like that.
Rest renews our reason. Ever say to yourself “Where does time go?” Me too. Rest refreshes our life’s purpose and helps us to not just exist, but to live…and live well.
So, peeps, I’m gonna get some rest.
I’ve been racing at full throttle for way too long. I didn’t realize how much I needed a good rest until I took that “rain delay” last week. (www.tinasavantgibson.com/rain-delay)
That’s why I’m taking the month of July off from the social media world.
Dear Blog, Facebook, and LinkedIn: You’ll be in a holding pattern.
Hello Mr. Twitter: You can tarry for a little bit longer.
I’ll happily replace social media with the sweetness of life. Beach walks with my boyfriend. Reading books that have been on my shelf instead of in my heart. Quiet conversations with God along with some “be still” time to listen and ponder and write.
Oh…and some ice cream.
But, you won’t be far from my thoughts, dear one. I’ll be praying that you’ll feel God’s love wrapping around your life like a summer breeze.
I hope that you’ll look around for some quiet moments…big or small…to find that rest stop in your world. When we give ourselves permission to pause, His gentle whisper will recover our soul’s desire.
Sunday is coming.
Spread your joy,