Come away from rush and hurry
To the stillness of God's peace
From our vain ambition's worry
Come to Christ to find release
Come away from noise and clamor
Life's demands and frenzied pace
Come to join the people gathered
Here to seek and find God's faceThis is the first verse to a hymn written by Marva J. Dawn.
We live in a fast paced time. Our country is a nation that expects and demands busyness. Working hard is a good thing and an important part of holistically living for God.
But for many, we have denied our need to rest. We struggle to stop.
In the Old Testament, God instituted the Sabbath which comes from the root meaning "to cease". Yet today we often act like there is no need to stop. We wear terms like tired, exhausted, or drained as badges of honor to validate our worth or even our spiritual life.
Yet the fact that these terms exist should be reminders in themselves that we have limits and need to honor God by honoring those human limitations.
Could I suggest that stopping might be an honorable thing? Would it be stretching to propose that resting can be a spiritual act of service to God? Am I being outrageous to say, that being too busy is actually a boast of pride against the sufficiency of God Himself?
Do you need to cease? Have you taken time to stop lately? When do you regularly rest?