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With light streaming in the car window and dust bouncing off sunshine, she opened the book and began to read.

We approach this devotional every morning as mother and daughter, listening to God’s Word and pausing over the lesson as we watch cars scurry and people scatter. My daughter’s voice, high in timbre and young in quality, moved across the page while I kept my gaze fixed on the yellow lines blurring past my window.

Somewhere between turning right and crossing the misty pumpkin patch, she read a sentence that plucked a thread loose. I followed the trail as it unraveled in my mind. It was this:

…God did not rest of the 7th day because he was tired or because he needed a break. In fact, his “rest” was not connected at all to his energy level or a need to slow down.

Instead, God rested on the 7th day so that he could enjoy what he had created.

Why We Should Follow God’s Lead…and Rest

what is rest, relaxation, Sabbath, Keep the Sabbath, Florida, Spring BreakEvery spring we travel south to one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. The sand there is floury white and as powdery as talc. Walking north along the shore clears my mind in a way that nothing else can. I gladly surrender the noise of life and the buzzing of phones to the rhythm of the sea as it pounds on my feet. I catch my breath when I witness a pod of dolphins arching their backs or when I find a sand dollar, small and perfect and complete.

I connect to this beauty, this created world around me.

And I feel rest. 

When God suspended his Word and held back his artistic power on the 7th Day, I think what He was teaching us was to do the same — even when we may not feel tired. 

I think God wanted us to know that taking a day to soak in this life is just as valuable as the days we produce something or check an errand off our list.

So on days when I lie down and let myself dream, or when I pray deeply without watching the clock, I know that I am walking in step with God’s plan. I am enjoying Him. I am leaning into his model for fullness of life and levity of spirit.

Some questions for us as we strive for better rest:

  • When is the last time I took a day off just to refresh my heart?
  • Is it difficult for me to release my worries when I do have a moment to rest? Why?
  • When I’m with my family, do I intentionally strive to focus on them rather than multi-tasking?
  • How often do I invite people into my life/conversations that can help me reconnect to God?
  • Do I spend enough time appreciating all that God created? How could I learn to praise Him more in this area?

How are you doing with finding the rest you need?