How do we know when it’s OK to rest? I’ve struggled with that question for years. Recently, the words of a friend sparked a profound revelation. (Thank you, Ronel.)
The biblical account of creation includes the words: “By the seventh day, God completed His work that He had done, and He rested.” Teachers expounding on this have often relegated rest to a simple formula. Fortunately, this passage says a lot more. It contains a valuable answer.
God, we’re told, completed the creating he was doing. Did God run out of ideas? Surely he could have made another thousand species of fish, a couple hundred more plants, or at least a few additional stars. But instead, for some reason God stopped and said “I’m finished.”
That, to me, is the secret to knowing when to rest. It’s not based on fatigue, time, or an inflexible principle. It comes from listening to the quiet voice in my spirit telling me “You’ve done enough.” Sure, there are more e-mails to write, documents to edit, and miles to run. But for this moment it’s time to rest.
And, at least for now, that’s all I have to say about that.