I never have enough time. Can you relate?
Currently I have 88 unread emails. My house is filthy and our small group will be arriving in T-minus 30 minutes. All 3 laundry baskets are overflowing. I am hearing the constant attack of my never-ending to do list rattling around in my head. My body is saying slow down, but my mind is saying you don’t have the time.
Lately I have been in this constant limbo of sorts. Too much to do and not enough time. So, I get up before the sun and stay up well past Jimmy Fallon has said goodnight. And, yet, I still can’t get caught up.
My body is starting to shut down and I’m feeling the desire — the need — to hit the pause button.
Exodus 20:8-10a — Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.
If you were to stop me on the street and ask if I have a day of rest, I would say “sure.” But, if I’m going to be honest, I need to stop and ask myself two questions:
- How does your soul find rest and refreshment?
- What do you need to do to make it happen?
For me, I find rest by stepping away from my phone. I can be consumed by checking Facebook and Instagram. The notifications on my phone for sales in our ETCH shop and people liking something I posted to social media can consume my thoughts and distract me from the life that surrounds me.
It is good for me to step away for a day, but if I’m really going to get to the bottom of it, I need rest every day. My soul needs refreshed so that I’m not just surviving, but living.
If God can create the world in six days and then rest, surely I can take 15 minutes every day and go for a walk while my phone stays at home. To refresh…and energize…and let God have control.
This song came to mind as I was feeling empty and broken.
Hungry I come to You
For I know You satisfy
I am empty
But I know Your love does not run dry
And I wait
So I wait for You
I’m falling on my knees
Offering all of me
Jesus You’re all this heart is living for
Broken I run to You
For Your arms are open wide
I am weary but I know Your touch restores my life
So I wait for You
How will you find rest? How will you allow God to restore your life and satisfy your weary soul? Share with us in the comments below.