Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. ~Mark 6:31 NIV

As crooned by the late Nat King Cole, “Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer” are now upon us. A time for rest, relaxation…and a ton of activity.

So much for the rest part. Right?

The LORD knew a time of rest was important. In fact, it is one of His commandments:

“Six days a week are for your daily duties and your regular work, but the seventh day is a day of Sabbath rest before the Lord your God. On that day you are to do no work of any kind, nor shall your son, daughter, or slaves-whether men or women-or your cattle or your house guests. For in six days the Lord made the heaven, earth, and sea, and everything in them, and rested the seventh day; so he blessed the Sabbath day and set it aside for rest.” ~Exodus 20:9-11 TLB

Notice the “rest” God is referring to in the above passage is not just any rest. It is rest in HIM. Rest that is meant to revive and nourish body, mind, and soul. Even the word “Sabbath” points us toward an extensive intermission with the LORD.

So next time you’re stressed out with deadlines, WIPs, or just plain life, grab yourself a nice cool glass of lemonade, find a tall, lush, shade tree, pull up a favorite lounge chair or blanket, and spend a lazy hazy “un-crazy” day with the One who put the “R” in rest!

LORD, why is it that we feel the need to “do” all the time? Why is it so hard to rest? And even when we think we are doing the “rest” thing, why is it that we still allow our minds to race a million-miles-per-hour with the cares of this world? Teach us, LORD, what true rest is. Lead us beside still waters so we can drink of You and learn of Your peace–the peace that passes all understanding. Take us to that quiet place where we can bask in Your presence and lay all our burdens at Your feet. Thank you, LORD, for desiring to spend time with us. And thank you for exampling what true rest is all about. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

 

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