When was the last time you really enjoyed something??
“When was the last time you were busy doing something that you loved, but now it has taken over your life?”
It’s so like us to keep busy and running around and “doing” all the time—because we doubt anybody else can get it done the way we want it. This constant flurry of activity wears on our mortal bodies and on our immortal souls.
Recently, my children were ill. I had to make the decision to keep them home from their school where I also volunteer and substitute teach. It meant missing the music classes I normally teach, but their low-grade fevers were a signal of rest needed.
The same morning, I read from two different Christians, who ended up ill, needing rest.
“When a back injury left me confined to the couch, barely moving to avoid the pain, I had no choice but to literally stop all my Christian activity and be. I lay there feeling like I had nothing left to offer God.” ~Christine Caine
“I just keep feeling worse. Like I would go to a work meeting, come home and crawl into bed for an hour, then go to the next one. “These allergies ARE KILLING ME!” I would think…The Lord majorly got onto me about it yesterday when I was journaling and praying. Like, there’s nothing impressive about working a lot. There’s nothing “cool” about not making time for what we are commanded to make time for. The first third of this year I have missed time with God that would have made a difference in my life because I don’t make space. I’m no busier than you or him or her. We all have the same amount of hours in a day. I just waste more” ~Annie F. Downs
This morning, my devotional verse was from Ecclesiastes 8:15.
“So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun “
When we don’t take time to rest, we miss out on the enjoyment of life. While home with my girls, we got to enjoy life. No stress of three different pickup times, making sure they had their backpacks all set to go, making sure I was prepared myself and ready to teach.
It’s not that there is anything wrong with those activities, but that when we allow ourselves to become busy, we drown out the sweet, soothing voice of God asking us to slow down and enjoy life.
Can you picture yourself like the Psalmist, David?
“He MAKES me to lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:2-3)
Does God have to make us lie down in order to give us the quiet and rest He knows we need? Or will we make that a priority and pursue the rest that causes us to once again be useful?
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Today, may you find joy in small moments. Perhaps it’s the song of a bird, a small wildflower with a burst of color, the vibrant hues of the sunrise or sunset, but just a reminder that the God of the Universe loves you and delights in you and created life for you to enjoy it.
Today is a gift.