Today, I am thankful that I was able to enjoy a leisurely day of rest. Since I usually go to church on Saturdays, it’s nice to slow down on Sundays and enjoy being still – or as I call it, “actively doing as little as possible.”
Our world is so abuzz with activity – it seems like we are constantly in hyperdrive mode – that the biblical principle of rest seems to have been lost somewhere along the way. God wants us to rest and recharge, so we have the energy that we need to persevere through the rest of the week.
So, to be honest, I was in my pajamas for most of the day. Since I really didn’t have to be anywhere, I let myself sleep in a bit, and took a couple of small naps throughout the day. It was delightful.
As is my custom, I listened to several excerpts from the Bible as I stretched (a few chapters from 1 Chronicles; a section from the eighth chapter of John; a chapter from the book of Proverbs; and a handful of Psalms. I choose to follow my church’s Bible reading plan, but I add in the readings from Psalms and Proverbs). I find that I experience the Bible in a different way when I listen to it, even though I enjoy reading it as well.
I then took some time to go to an exercise class in the later afternoon, and that helped me perk up a bit and get the blood circulating (it was very hot today, so getting the energy to get up and go was a challenge in and of itself). Also, I find that exercise helps me to clear my mind – particularly, when I’m doing something challenging that requires my full attention. Usually, I’m so focused on getting through the class that I’m not able to think about anything else. This is probably a good thing!
Anyway, after class I went home, showered, and stretched. After that, I ventured to my mother’s house, and spent some QT with her. I got home about an hour-and-a-half ago, and wrapped up my day by listening to some praise music and a couple of podcasts. Once I publish this post, then my go-slow day will be complete!
I try to make this a weekly commitment, at minimum. I intentionally decide to slow down and rest, and recharge my battery – emotionally, physically, and spiritually – so I’m better prepared to face the week ahead of me. Lord willing, I’ll sleep well tonight; I look forward with hopeful expectation to whatever God has in store for me tomorrow!
Dear Lord, thank You again for the privilege to observe a day of rest. It’s nice to be able to let my body and mind unwind from the activity of the past week. I look forward to whatever You have in store for me in the next few days, and trust that You will see me through whatever may come my way. Consequently, there is no reason why I should worry – You’re with me every step of the way! (Philippians 4:6-7). In Your name I pray, Amen.