I'M TIRED!!! As an adult, this takes on a completely different connotation that when you're a kid. When you're a kid, a simple nap or a day at home will re-energize you. But as an adult, being tired is not entirely fixed by the resting of the body. I know for me personally right now, I'm more than just physically tired. It is a kind of tired that rolls into my body, my mind, and my spirit.
Life can get busy, no one can deny that. But what we do in the busy times of life can affect our mood and effectiveness as Christ followers. If we are constantly living in a depleted state of living, we are not living our best life. We can feel unmotivated to do the activities we enjoy. We don't do the extra ten minutes of work today that will save us an hour tomorrow. And we definitely aren't motivated to do the dishes when we finally make it towards the bedroom and see a sink full of dishes.
But we need to follow Jesus' example of rest that we read in Scripture. When life was pretty crazy for the disciples on a boat, in the middle of a major storm, Jesus was resting. HE WAS SLEEPING IN THE BOW OF THE BOAT!!! The Bible states that they disciples had to wake Jesus up because the boat was sinking. One could say that it shows just how tired Jesus was. But I would argue that it shows the Jesus lived in the peace and rest that His Father can offer.
Even when life is a whirlwind around us, we are able to rest in the love of God. Matthew 11 says in verses 28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” God wants to take our burdens away from us. His desire is for us to live a life full of rest. It's not just sleeping, it's taking time to rest our spirit. That's why God created the Sabbath!
When God created the universe, He also created what we now refer to as a "Sabbath" or "a day of rest". Now for myself, I find that I am horrible at honoring the Sabbath and it is something that God has been convicting me of lately. It doesn't matter what day of the week it is, there is always something to do! Even Sundays after church when I'm exhausted, I don't rest or nap because there's another project that needs to be started or finished. But if God took a day to rest, what makes me think I can skip my day of rest?
Now a day of rest does not mean you sit, nap, binge watch a show, and each Reese's Peanut Butter Cups all day. It simply means that you take a day to rest your mind, body, AND soul. Do something that relaxes you. Participate in something that you can sit and enjoy yourself. Or even go for that run you missed earlier in the week. Do what brings you rest.
So make it a priority this week as schedules begin to get crazy again and take a day to rest.