January 3 – Blessed to Rest

What a spectacular universe the Lord has made!  Day after day He adds more splendor to the mix.  By the seventh day of creation, God had completed His masterpiece. Seeing that it was good, He stopped and He rested.  Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.  God rested. Be blessed to rest.  Trust that our heavenly Father knows best what we need, and we need time to set work aside and to rest.  Reflecting on His goodness refreshes us.

It was while in Spain during my enlistment in the Marine Corps, that I was first introduced to the concept of “siestas”, a time in early afternoon when business stopped and the Spaniards enjoyed naps.  Years later, when our family moved to China, we embraced an activity in the culture called “xiu xi”.  For an hour or so, in the afternoon, doors would not be knocked upon and all of China could rejuvenate for the evening interactions yet to take place.  These resting principles are similar to rest in God’s Story.  Sadly, many societies value work but do not value rest.  Often people try to get ahead by pushing through, seeking to fit more into a day already packed full, leaving little room for margin. From the beginning, however, God demonstrated that He valued rest a great deal.  It is good to work, and it is good to rest.  God did both.  May we have wisdom to do the same.

Genesis 2:3 NIV