I don’t know if this is always a good thing.
I was washing dishes (we don’t have a dishwasher) the other day and noticed that when I rinsed I was turning the water on full blast. When I say noticed I mean that the stream of water caught the ice cream scoop at the perfect angle to soak my shirt. My self talk sounded like this: “Turn the water down stupid!” So I did.
It got me thinking. Could it be that living life full blast all the time was not a good thing? What seemed profound when I was washing the dishes now seems mundane as I verbalize the notion. But many people, including yours truly, typically live life full blast, all the time. I am often confused by people who say no, or who limit their activity, or go to bed before 10. And there are always extremists, people who say: “I can’t do Bible Study on Tuesday night because I shop for my groceries on that day.” They think that they can’t do more than one outside the house after work activity in one day. How silly.
Or is it? Do you live your life full blast, all the time. Has the notion of rest (sabbath) been a part of your spiritual and physical an emotional health plan?
I look forward to the fourth of July because it is one day I say no and rest. I don’t go to our small town parade and fiesta. I don’t go to fireworks shows. It isn’t because I am not patriotic. I just stumbled upon what a great day of rest feels like and I do it at least once a year. So here is to figuring out how to turn the faucet down.
By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. (Gen 2:2-30)
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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.” (Mat 11:28-30)
Sounds really good to me.