There are times when we get so caught up in work and life, that we forget to take any time off. At least, that’s what I do. Even when I go somewhere for a vacation, I often take my computer and work after my husband is in bed, or find a time to do a little writing or editing.
It’s interesting that the Bible often talks about time away and resting, but we choose to ignore that. Instead, we make excuses for our busyness and ignore the need to recharge by relaxing and enjoying time alone or in the company of friends or family. Even God took time off.
“And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day.” Genesis 2:2 (NKJV)
We know that Jesus rested during his ministry. He worked hard teaching, healing, and ministering to people but there were times he needed to refresh. He ate with his friends Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. He went away into the mountains to pray. He went out on the water with his disciples and slept in a boat. He set the example for working tirelessly but also caring for himself and others.
On September 7th, I flew into St. Louis for a writer’s conference. The next four days were intense and wonderful. I connected with friends I hadn’t seen since the start of Covid. I met other friends I knew online but not in person. I made new friends. I learned a lot by attending many classes. By Sunday I was worn out.
I traveled to Indiana on Sunday and spent the next week with my sisters. We visited family, some who are older and not in great health. We took walks. We talked and talked and ate way too much. It was glorious.
I didn’t write a word. I didn’t edit anything. Instead, I spent time with family and allowed God to refresh me.
I returned home two days ago, very tired but at peace. The story I’m getting ready to start has been building in my mind and I want to write. The story I need to edit will be like new, giving me the opportunity to see if afresh.
I don’t think I realized how much I needed this time away. The laughter. The relaxation. Those were gifts from God because He knew my needs.
I pray that you will also take some time away. Maybe not a week, but even a few hours or days to get away and allow your mind and body to refocus. Connect with God. Allow Him to renew your vision for His work. Then you’ll be ready to do the work He has for you with more enthusiasm than before.