We move at such a rapid pace, life tugs and pulls at us and we respond by sprinting towards goal after goal. We are such over achievers, which is a great thing because it allows us to get involved, meet new people, and indulge in incredible new experiences. But God never intended for us to go around the clock. We were not designed to run in energizer bunny mode 24/7. We can live like this for a little while, but eventually something has got to give. Usually, that is our emotional health, or our relationships, or, worst of all, our times of intimacy with God.
We were created in the image of God to live in relationship with Him, not to run around saying we are doing so many things to for the Kingdom to come on Earth as it is in heaven. Spending time with Him is essential to find purpose and fulfillment in all the things we do. He is always on the move also, but the Sabbath was instigated for a reason. He knew of man-kind's tendency to go-go-go. Sure, we have work to do. And yes, we have people to care for and goals to reach. But if we aren't caring for ourselves and aren't caring for the most important relationship in our lives, how can we expect ourselves to sustainably care for ourselves? If we're constantly broken down from lack of sleep or from continually over-extending ourselves, there won't be anything to offer others.
So as we wrap up this semester, it is my hope that we can take this summer to slow down, give ourselves some grace, and find rest. You deserve to take a breather, take a nap, and don't feel bad for it. Moments of rest are precious.
God, thank you for the reminder that you want to give us rest. It isn't always easy, we are so eager to go out, get involved, and achieve our goals. But I have to confess that taking a break is needed, and honestly feels good. Draw me away to your presence for a special time of rest, I pray.
I hope you all have the best summer ever! Xoxo, Amy
Hey, everyone! I'm Amy Beversluis, and I'm the Director of Spiritual Life for 2022. My weekly devotionals, bible verses, and words of encouragement can all be found on this page! Feel free to contact me with prayer requests, any questions, or suggestions!