Posted by Gabe Brennan

Resting sounds so easy doesn’t it? All you gotta do is……nothing. Or so it seems. However, have you ever tried to do nothing? If you have, you know that it is easier said than done. It is in fact impossible to nothing. To do “nothing” is to actually do something even if that something looks like nothing.

Before I confuse you even further, let’s take a journey back to creation and consider the plan God laid out for a 7 day week. After God created the earth in 6 days, He then created the 7th day as a day of rest. This was not a day for doing “nothing.” It was rather a day set aside for reflection, for appreciation and for pleasure in what He had already created.
It was not as though God was tired. There was more too it than that.
Instead, Creator God specifically created the 7th day so that we could reflect and remember and take pleasure in all that He has done for us. It is a day set aside for worship and gratitude.That is the meaning of rest: Remembering and reflecting on God’s work for us and worshiping Him for it.
So what might a day of rest look like? A hike on a pretty trail? Watching the football game? Baking a pie? Taking a nap? Playing catch with your son? Sweeping the garage? The answer is yes.  There is no wrong way to rest and reflect and “sabbath” as long as your resting and reflecting comes from a heart that is resting in God.
Getting into a regular rhythm of rest helps us to remember where our strength comes from, Who created us and sustains us, and what the priorities of our life really are. It keeps us centered and focused. We were created to rest. It is built into the very origins of the earth and is vital for our spiritual health and vibrancy.
Jesus reminds us in Mark 2:27, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” It is primarily a gift of God, a reminder that God has things under control. He is more than capable of governing His earth, so He is more than okay with you and I taking a “day off.” This is a way of making sure that our worship is turned on.
One test of our genuine worship and adoration of God is our willingness to put worry, stress, pressures and plans aside and simply rest in Him. That is His gentle invitation us.  May we more often and more eagerly receive the invitation.
Learning to rest in Him with all of you,
Pastor Gabe

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