And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from the work that he had done.” ‐ Genesis 2:2
God chose to rest.
The creator of the universe, the maker of all things, and the giver of all gifts chose to rest, refresh, and relax on the seventh day of creation. If God rested, how much more do we need rest?!?
God created us with a need and desire to step back and recharge our batteries. In our recreation, we re‐create ourselves. We discover new stuff that we’re good at, new gifts, and new abilities. We exercise parts of our brains and our bodies that don’t get used during the daily grind. We enjoy the world that God gives us to take care of and wisely steward. We want to see the ways you re‐create.
Resting also reminds us that we are not gods. God is God, and we are not. When we spend me resting, we realize that we’re not as important as we think we are and that more stuff isn’t going to make us happy. Resting is an act of faith! We trust that God will continue to provide for our needs (not necessarily our wants) and renew us for the challenges ahead. Resting also gives us me to participate in a community of faith—to refocus our attention to honor, worship, and adore the One who makes all things new.
What do you do to rest? Let me know some of your ideas.
Do you engage in a favorite hobby/activity? Do you go away for a vacation or take smaller snippets for family me? Catch up with an old friend? Change your routine? Turn the TV off and go outside? I encourage NOT to rest from your faith life. If you’re away for a Sunday, worship somewhere else; then come back and tell of your experience. You’d be surprised by what you learn. Don’t forget to continue your regular financial giving—our offerings have decreased significantly this summer, and we want to continue doing ministry.
May the peace of the Lord be with you always.
Rev. Rachael C. Dietz