Don’t Forget to Rest

Not that I’ve watched, or watch, the Twilight Zone very often, but I do have a favorite episode. It’s about a man who was the last person on earth, and he lost all hope. Just as he was about to end his life, he saw a sign in the rubble that read Public Library. He races a few steps away and starts excitedly naming all the books scattered around unblemished and ready to read. Great dramas of the world, he exclaims, all the books I’ll ever need. He even makes piles for all the books he will read each month for years to come. He grabs his first book, hugs it to his chest and says, and the very best thing of all is that there is time now. There is all the time I need and all the time I want. Time. Time. Time. There is time enough at last. And then his reading glasses broke.

This ending struck me not only because if I were the last person on earth, I’d be ecstatic to find a library also, but this is a sad story about someone who didn’t start enjoying life until it was too late. How often do we go, go, go, go, and never have time to enjoy those around us, enjoy our hobbies, enjoy just resting with nothing to do? Maybe we rest and partake in our hobbies when we’ve reached our breaking point. Maybe we decide we need rest when circumstances come that allow us to take inventory of our lives, and understand what’s truly important. As we’re striving to achieve our goals, we can’t forget that God wants us to rest.

“‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.'” (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)

There is enough time in the day to work toward goals and rest. As we spend time with God, He will show us how and when to rest.

Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Find your refill in God today.

For more on rest, read A Blank Canvas and God is Our Refuge.

Five-Min. Devotionals

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