How can I find rest from the busyness of life? - Busyness - TouchPoints

How can I find rest from the busyness of life?

Exodus 34:21You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working, even during the seasons of plowing and harvest.

There is a rhythm to life that includes both work and rest. When we ignore that rhythm because of busyness, sooner or later we will realize that we have actually been unproductive even while we were busy.

Psalm 23:2He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.

Like the best of shepherds, God lets us rest. If we pay attention, we’ll notice that he offers places and moments of peace in our lives. Ask God to make you aware of opportunities to rest.

Psalm 91:1Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

What pictures do the words “shelter” and “shadow” bring to your mind? They both evoke images of restful protection. Take time to consider that you live in God’s loving presence. Don’t let your loving Father get crowded out by the clutter of your busyness.

Mark 6:31Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.

Be proactive about planning rest and renewal within your busy schedule, or else all the other demands of life will completely dictate your agenda. God made you for work, but he also made you for rest. Keep both in balance.

Mark 1:36-38Simon and the others went out to find [Jesus]. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.”

Busy as he was, Jesus never let the demands of his circumstances dictate his decisions. Freeing yourself from the trap of incessant activity requires learning to say no—sometimes even to worthwhile activities.