But I don’t need a Nap! (by Sondra Dron)
Mark 6: 31 Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” (NLT)
I was so ready for Becca’s nap. “She didn’t sleep well,” her mom explained that morning. Becca gave ample evidence of that fact all day.
We sat on the guest room bed, tummy to tummy, her head on my chest. Rock gently. Sing softly. Works every time. But that day Becca kept turning around and pointing her chubby two-year-old finger at the bedroom door. Too tired for even one word, she grunted with each turn. Beyond the door her brother and a friend were playing in the family room. I felt her disappointment but I was tired too.
I had recently taken an early retirement from a challenging job. While I worked, I stayed heavily involved at church. My soul craved rest, but church ministries called me routinely. I felt God calling me to rest, but I delayed.
Once more Becca turned, pointed and grunted before her head rested on me in sleep. I heard God speak to me within. “Child, now is your time of rest too, but, like Becca, you keep pointing your finger toward places you want to serve, things you want to do. I call you to rest now.” By His grace, I yielded.
Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” What an amazing invitation from my Savior. Why did I wait?
God calls and even commands us to serve, but He determines times to restore, refresh and strengthen us. You might not retire or resign, but you might withdraw for a season from over-commitment and over-work. You might order each day so that God has time to massage stress and pain away with His presence and with His words of love.
Doesn’t His command to rest carry equal weight with His call to serve? Rest.
Is it a luxury or a loving command?
Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” What an amazing invitation from our Savior. Let’s hurry!
by Sondra Dron