Not just recovery…
I have returned from a month long vacation , mostly in Bath, UK but also a week in Lisbon, Portugal. I am very thankful that the church gives clergy a month in the summer and I am reminded that God built rest into the fabric of the earth. In our climate most plants and many trees drop their leaves and rest through the winter. They awake in the Spring and burst into life.
That “bursting into life” is God’s purpose in giving us rest – and rest is not just recovery but also renewal. In the weekly cycle of days God gave one day a week to rest from our labours on the other days. This too is not only for recovery but also renewal. It is so tempting to just keep going, there is so much to do, but do we ever finish?
Take a day off from your usual labours this week and every week, trusting God for the things you did not get done. Enjoy the feeling of the day after and the energy that comes with it.