Sometimes we forget that we need time for rest. Time to give it over to God, and let Him work things out behind the scenes. During this busy season, it’s easy to forget that.
I found out this past week that when I am constantly doing, planning and doing some more – I get burned out. My attitude changes and I no longer want to do the things I need to do. I neglect things I shouldn’t. I am harsh. I am just not who I want to be.
I start thinking about all the things that need to be done and my complete lack of energy or desire to do any of it.
I start to feel guilty. The questions start mounting in my heart. Why don’t I seem to care? Why do I just want to spend all my time relaxing and enjoying my life instead of working towards all the things I need to get accomplish? I end up feeling like I’m trying to move a brick wall. All the things God has called me to do seem impossible and the task list just gets bigger and bigger.
My heart gets anxious. Walls are built up between me and God. I stop talking to Him. It becomes a vicious cycle.
But then God…(I love that!)
I’m so thankful for God’s grace, and for the gift of His Holy Spirit that checks my heart when it’s out of alignment.
I’m thankful for His nudging lately that it’s OK to take some time to rest. To stop striving and trying to accomplish. To just be. To let Him do the work. To enjoy the things He has given me. To spend time in His word reading about His great love and affection for us.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to start again – to have His help and guidance.
I’m thankful for times of waiting – it gives me time to rest and reflect and dream. Resting is a gift and I need to allow myself time to be refreshed. Time to regain my excitement for what God Is doing and the energy to keep up!
I pray that you and I will know and understand that the little things matter to God. That sometimes we all need a little bit of rest. Even during this busy time of the year, we might need a time-out. We might need let Him to minister to our souls, rejuvenating our spirits to do the work He has called us to do.
Father God, I thank you for your Word which provides direction and your Holy Spirit that checks my heart. I thank you for the blessings you have given me – for my ministry of home. I thank you for the job you have provided and the opportunity to show those I interact with your love. Help me Lord to balance it all and to follow where you lead each and every day. I thank you for the times of rest- always given just when I need them the most!
Have you ever felt burned out by all you were doing? Has God ever provided you with time to rest? How did you feel afterwards? I’d love to hear from you!