Day 3: The Other Hard Place

{This post is part of my 31 Day blog series Work Hard + Rest Well: Learning Obedience in the Rhythms of Work and Rest.} "And on the seventh day God finished His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done." Genesis 2:2

First God worked. And then He rested.

He rested. God, the source of energy and strength... God, the very definition of life... God…rested.

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And if our all-powerful, life-breathing Maker can rest, does rest, why don’t and why won’t we rest?

And I’ve had to be reminded far to often... “Refusing to work is lazy and refusing to rest is disobedient.”

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I tend to push myself hard. I need to get all the things I want to do done when my hubby is at work. I need to have the house tidy and peaceful when he gets home. I need to serve him when he is resting. I need to help him when he’s working. I need to open my home to others. I need to work my job. I need to do… and do and do.

I don’t have kids, yet it’s already so true…the work will never be done. There will always be another floor to mop or load of laundry to run or meal to prep or bed to make or card to write... And that’s okay.

It’s almost painful for me to type those words. I’m a perfectionist. I want it done. Done, done! I want my house spotless and meals prepped and husband served and guests invited over…but it won’t happen. And that’s okay.

Because in the end I have two choices: And I can throw in the towel and give up on work, doing just the bare minimum. Or I can work myself into a breakdown trying to finish all the things of life, when finishing is impossible.

The goal of working isn’t to finish working. The goal of working is to glorify God in our working.

Likewise... The goal of rest isn’t to stay there as long as possible. The goal of rest is to glorify God in our rest.

Because resting in a way that glorifies God is less about the rest and more about our trust in God. Trusting God that His command to rest is important and should be honored above our todo lists. Trusting God that He can provide the energy to complete the things that He desires us to accomplish. Trusting God that He will honor our obedience to His Word and our desire to be like Him in our work and in our rest.

Do you trust God enough to rest from your work? Do I trust God enough to rest from your work?

And I’ll write more details of what rest looks like, but it’s important to start at the core of the matter. Resting is less about relaxation and more about obedience and trust in God.

And there are a million reasons why you and I don’t rest, but when we strip down the reasons and the excuses, it is still simply disobedience.

So today I’m confessing my disobedience in this area, and praying for God to transform the way I look at resting. I don’t want to look at it as a luxury or a convenience or an option, but as a command. A command that is tender and loving and gentle. A command whispered firmly yet tenderly in my heart. “Daughter, rest in Me."

Will you listen and obey? Will I listen and obey? Will we rest?

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Be blessed <3