After a nice break from work, only working 3 days from December 24 until January 2 I find it difficult to get back into a normal routine.
I wish I could tell you that I did something worthwhile such as write the great American novel or had a revelation from God. I was not even productive. The goal to clean my house from top to bottom and create the perfect home that would even make Martha Stewart jealous was quickly forgotten.
What I did do was rest. I experienced a respite in body and soul.
When Jesus rested, He took time away from the crowds and His disciples to pray, relax and I am sure to recover from His strenuous ministry. He also took time to prepare Himself for what He was called to do. Resting or taking a break or enjoying a respite from our busy lives is essential so that we will also be prepared to do what God calls us.
There were no special revelations, no light bulbs going off with great ideas nor were there any earth shattering moments that would change the world. My respite was just that – a brief interval of rest . I found that every now and then I need to step back, take a deep breath, pray and relax.
What I did do was to begin to remove the distractions and clutter that was stealing away my time with God. I stepped down from two prior commitments that was beginning to overwhelm me. I packed up sewing projects that I knew I would never finish and donated them to our local thrift shop and by spring my goal is to have more to donate to our church rummage sale. I am also learning to say no.
A dear friend once told me that the desires of my heart are God’s desires for me. So I made a list of the things that are important to me, the desires of my heart. I felt God lift all those other burdens off of my shoulders and a sense of His peace filled my heart confirming that I was listening to God’s voice and obeying His Word. A strange thing then happened, I no longer felt overwhelmed at what lay before me. I am confident that I am serving God in everything I do from going to work in the morning, stopping at the store on the way home and even doing housework, to watching a silly program with my husband in the evening. I have a sense of direction as I write my blog, in my journal or even a note to a friend or a word of encouragement. Sewing brings tranquil moments instead of a hurried attempt to fit in my sewing time in-between all the busy activities that was slowly taking away my inner joy. God has now filled my life with meaningful activities. My bible studies and devotional time have more meaning as I spend more quiet time in prayer and reflection, as I develop a stronger relationship with God our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
I have learned the secret of life – resting in Gods embrace.
Have you taken time to enjoy a respite in your life? What can you do to enjoy the blessings that God has given you? What are the desires of your heart? As you take time away from your busy schedules ponder these things and listen to what God is telling you.