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Rest

Those who know me well know that I love sleep.  I love naps and sleeping in (which rarely happens when you have 2 children under the age of 4!) and talk about sleep all of the time.
A couch and a blanket always sounds appealing to me.

I wake up thinking about the next time I get to go back to sleep, no joke.

Despite never getting enough, I love sleep, but I know nothing about rest.  And while they share some space, they are not the same things entirely.  Rest is even more elusive than sleep for me.  It’s infinitely more difficult for me to prioritize.

In fact, vacation often feels like house arrest or being in witness protection the first few days for me.  It feels like an expensive and inconvenient consequence when if I had it “my way” and a few days off I’d rather be at my house painting a room or organizing closets or something that will make my daily life feel less chaotic and more peaceful in the long run.   Crazy, right?!!

There is definitely a place for productivity and chores, I know.  But rest is not optional.  Rest is not a luxury.  For a human, it’s essential for your health and sanity.  Additionally, for the Christian, it’s a mandated grace all throughout Scripture.

Rest (from what I hear) is taking the time to be.  To be reflective, to be silent, to laugh, to read, to walk barefoot in the grass.  To do whatever renews your spirit and breathes life into your soul.  Maybe it’s meaningful conversation with a treasured friend on a porch swing.  Maybe it’s a long drive with the windows down.  Maybe it’s a quiet night and good book.

It’s generally not the stuff that makes you feel proud and accomplished and productive.  It’s not usually the stuff that shortens the to-do list.

Most of us don’t want or need to escape or be rescued from our lives.  What most of us need- what I need- is just a moment sometimes.

Give me a minute. 
Give me rest.
Give me a chance to get some perspective, to see things as they actually are, not how they seem.
Rest is about giving yourself the time and space to respond to all the life you’ve been living.  To process that tough conversation you had last week, to prayerfully consider “what’s next” in this season, to be grateful for the little things, to be inspired, to be renewed.  Who doesn’t want that?  Yet we fight it and neglect it and trade it for a dozen lesser things.

Years ago I discovered a hymn that has stayed with me.  It’s my reminder and invitation to rest.  I hope it can be the same for you.
Jesus I am resting, resting In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness Of Thy loving heart.
Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee, And Thy beauty fills my soul,
For, by Thy transforming power, Thou hast made me whole

Jesus! I am resting, resting In the joy of what Thou art;
I am finding out the greatness  Of Thy loving heart.

Oh, how great Thy loving kindness, Vaster, broader than the sea:
Oh, how marvelous Thy goodness, Lavished all on me!
Yes, I rest in Thee, Beloved, Know what wealth of grace is Thine,
Know Thy certainty of promise, And have made it mine.

Simply trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, I behold Thee as Thou art,

And Thy love, so pure, so changeless, Satisfies my heart,
Satisfies its deepest longings, Meets, supplies its every need,
Compasseth me round with blessings, Thine is love indeed.

Ever lift Thy face upon me, As I work and wait for Thee;

Resting ‘neath Thy smile, Lord Jesus, Earth’s dark shadows flee.
Brightness of my Father’s glory, Sunshine of my Father’s face,
Keep me ever trusting, resting, Fill me with Thy grace.