The importance of rest
The first half of 2020 has been a really season for me. Our church moved out of their leased building, a global pandemic hit and l had to get used to a new way of living with lockdowns and social distancing. It's probably an understatement to say it is a season like none I have never experienced before.
In amongst all of what was going on I started to feel weary. Our family is usually very good at scheduling holidays and breaks so that we can rest but in this season it just wasn't possible. A family holiday to Fiji was cancelled when international borders in Australia closed. Another scheduled break to Western Australia was cancelled when that state border closed.
The result was that my weariness only grew as time progressed. Throughout much of June and July I felt like I was running on empty, just trying to get to the end of each day in one piece. Some nights I was literally in bed at 7pm, completely exhausted. I knew I needed a break but it just wasn't possible with everything going on.
Then at the start of August our family was able to get away for 9 glorious, magnificent days. We went to Far North Queensland just rested. Sure we did things, we went places and took in some tourist activities, but somehow just being away from normal routine provided the much needed recharge we were seeking.
The bible tells us so much about the importance of rest. Having created everything in the first six days, Genesis 2:2 tells us "On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work." And Jesus himself said in Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."
So no matter how full your schedule, no matter how much you have going on, know that rest is so important for both your body and your soul.