And on the Seventh Day
by Rev. Tom Gray
We all need rest. I’m not just thinking of taking a nap, or going to bed at night. There are other kinds of rest that we need. God rested on the seventh day of creation, rejoicing in it. We, too, should take time simply to enjoy the world around us.
The Israelites were instructed to let the fields they farmed rest every few years. This was to keep the land from being overworked and infertile. This has meaning for us as we otherwise tend to drive our minds and bodies to extraction. We often trade physical and mental health for wealth. There’s only so much a body can or should do.
Each of us needs time to gather our thoughts, resting from the confusion and tension of the day. The spiritual part of us is rested in Scripture, prayer, meditation, and just enjoying what God has made and done. This won’t happen in your life until you make it one of your priorities.
As we enter a new year, it’s good for us to reflect on what we do, why we do it, always aware of the things that tear us down, rather than build us up.
Jesus spoke of this in Matthew 11:28-30.
“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.”†