Breathe

Friday, May 15, 2015

       


          Rest is most definitely a must. We can’t serve God with a whole heart when we’re tired, and we can’t live fully and completely when we’re running on caffeine. This year especially, I’ve found that one of the best ways to rest is to enjoy God’s creation while I’m reading God’s word. It’s kind of like I’m spending double the time with God.


            Unfortunately, I am a busy person. My mom once made a comment once about how when she was growing up, kids didn’t have something every single weekend; families actually spent time together. Now, the years that are supposed to be carefree are filled with Busy, and, believe me, I know about Busy. I often study more than my two older siblings put together do, and I still seem to always be a few strides behind them. I go to bed late and wake up early, drink a cup of coffee in the morning to stay awake at school, and drink another one in the afternoon to be able to stay awake while doing homework. And let’s not even mention trying to stay in shape. Working out takes time, and time is one of the things that I usually don’t have.

            But this weekend, for first time in approximately thirty three days, I can breathe.

            I have been sitting on the deck, soaking up the sun, and writing my little heart out for nearly two hours.

            I’ve begun to appreciate the little moments like this. I used to be so caught up in having the maximum amount of fun possible. Every moment I would search for adventure and speed, determined to make the most of my teenage years. One thing that freshman year has taught me, though, is that breaks are a must. There are times when we really just have to sit, go on a jog, soak up the sun, or whatever is relaxing to simply recharge. It’s okay to feel done and tired because we’re humans and we get tired. Just think of the joy that we will receive when we are forever energized in the presence of our Savior forever and ever and ever, never growing tired, sad, or hungry.

            For now, though, the human body has to slow down every once in a while. Our emotions can’t do busy twenty-four-seven. Some days, days like this, for me, we have to recharge. We have to spend time with God and pray and just enjoy His beauty. His hope gives us the strength we need for now, and someday, God’s work in us will be perfected, and we will forever have the energy and desire to give Him constant, harmonious praise.



            So take time to rest. When you’re up to neck in busy, take that needed time to recharge, whether alone or with some fellow God-lovers, and let God give you the energy to serve Him with a full heart.

"In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety."
Psalm 4:8

2 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful and true..." families actually spent time together".
    I wish I spent more time with my extended family, but both of our families schedules are hectic (more of theirs since my Uncle is a Pastor).
    I think sometimes we don't realize how much we need to rest...slow down, and maybe not join that friend at the mall this weekend, because not every free moment needs to be filled.

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    1. You're so right! It's definitely important to slow down and relax sometimes! Pretty much all of my family lives in state, and it's still so hard to get together with themI'm glad you enjoyed the post!
      Much love and God bless,
      Mary Shelley

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