Rest! Do we really know what that is in our busy world of today? I don’t think we do. We are a world who goes at lightening speed to the next thing. We are probably not known for patience as we like things right now. This past few weeks have been very busy and led to some stress and before I knew it, I was crabby, tired, and ready to find to throw the towel in.
As it so happened I had Friday off from the classroom. It was then I began to think about why I was feeling the way I was. I opened my heart wide to God and let the tears fall. I have a choice as He reminded me. My words, my actions, and my behavior reflect that choice. Can I just say none of them were good by the end of the week. So on my day off, I truly took a mindful rest from what was stressing me out and to just rest my mind, body, and soul. It became clear to me that sometimes we need to step away to get a new perspective. I began to see why some things were causing me stress. Some of them throw me out of my routine and some of them are way out of my comfort zone. I also realized I have to learn to say no. It is ok to use that word you know. But why don’t we use it more often? Why must we be to the breaking point to say it? I was reminded I can’t do all things. God has not called me to be all things. Just the purpose He has for me. I prayed about some things being out of my control and He helped me see while that is true, maybe there was a purpose that He hasn’t revealed to me.
This entire past two days I have not touched my schoolwork, my teacher homework as I like to call it. It felt good. It was needed. My body and spirit needed a rest from it all to renew. I know the weeks ahead will be busy but I also know mindful rest will be necessary so I can be at my best and that might mean I have to say no and while that is hard, it is what is best when it comes to doing what God is asking of me. My friends we all need rest and time to renew and figure out our heart. So take the time daily…yes daily. In the long run, we will find our words, attitudes, and behaviors will reflect that. Besides that, I can say it feels nice to not feel like my mind is on overload and my body is at peace. Just food for thought.