Remember to Rest!

I have had a really busy week and I am still not quite ready for Sunday but today I enjoyed a lovely day walking with my wife.

We walked 12 miles while the children were at school and we really enjoyed our time together. (This was one of the pictures I took on the walk).

Now I know what some of you are thinking, ’12 miles walking! That doesn’t sound very restful’.

I believe that God has given us a Sabbath principle of rest but that this rest doesn’t have to always involve sitting still.

“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working, even during the seasons of ploughing and harvest. (Exodus 34.21)

Sabbath is God’s gift to us. It’s an opportunity to take a break from our everyday work.

I could have told Tracey I was too busy to walk today but I have come to know and accept that God knows what we need better than we do. He tells us to take a day of rest each week, even in the busiest times of life such as ploughing and harvest.

After my day of rest, I am feeling renewed and restored and ready to continue in the work that God has called me to. Because I have rested, I can continue my work more effectively as I come at it afresh.

It’s wonderful knowing that the same God who calls me to work also calls me to rest and that’s a balance in life that we need to get right.


About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister in Colchster in the UK who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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