What does a day of rest look like to you? My ideal day of rest is a sleep in, followed by a delicious warm breakfast and then getting the family ready to go to church. After church is finished, we catch up with a few friends, buy a freshly baked loaf of bread from the bakery on the way home, settle on the couch with our sandwiches, settle the kids for their afternoon nap and then read the paper or have a nap or cuddle Magdalene if she decides against having an afternoon nap.
A day of rest typically falls for most people on a Sunday. It’s also the day that people choose not to do any type of work, spend more time with the family, go to church or take a day trip to mix up the normal weekly routine.
This morning we didn’t go to church because we were out late last night at a friend’s place for dinner and we were tired. When you have kids there is no such thing as a sleep in, but I love it when my husband is home because he generally gets up with Esther at 6:30 (or earlier) and once I’ve fed Magdalene I bring her out to him which allows me to get another hour or so of sleep.
Life changes when you have kids and that day of rest becomes difficult to achieve when your children (or baby) demands your constant attention. But this season won’t last for long because thankfully babies grow up and children eventually settle into the routine you put in place for them.
When I was little, Sunday afternoons were always for rest. My brother and I would be sent to our rooms to have a sleep. As I got older those naps became more appreciated because I would be tired from study or being out the night before at youth group.
When God made the world in 6 days, He rested on the 7th day. I’m not going to argue about what day your day of rest should be. For our family the weekend is typically our days of rest. I try and do the housework on a Friday so that the weekend is free for our family to spend time together. For us Sunday is a day where no work is done or if it is, it’s done when the girls are gone to bed and it’s in preparation for the working week ahead.
A day of rest is so important for the mind, the body and soul. If God rested, how much more so do we need to follow His example and rest?
Life is so busy. Breakdowns are real and can be sometimes avoidable. Resting is a decision and a choice.
Part of our resting day is worshiping God at our church and spending time listening to what He has to say and praying. Whenever I go to church, I immediately feel my worries and cares disappear and anything becomes possible because my mind is focused on Him. Spending time with God is crucial to my day of rest. That instant ‘downloading’ of myself and ‘filling up’ of His presence gives me the courage to face another crazy working week. Interestingly, this doesn’t have to happen on a Sunday and can happen when I focus my attention on Him. Sundays are just a great day to set aside for worship and sets my compass on course for the following week.
We all need rest. We all need God in our lives. Make a decision for yourself and your family to have a day of rest and enjoy the lightness of shoulders and mind that only comes when you choose to rest.
Genesis 1:2-3 NIV
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from the work of creating that he had done.