I dare you to stop reading here and make yourself a cup of tea – I know you probably won’t (because hey, who has time for that?) but at least get yourself in that cosy sat-down-with-a-cup-of-tea state of mind.
As I ran out the door yesterday with 6 places to be in under 24 hours, it occurred to me that my life is a little bit crazy. Sometimes, being a girl and having the ability to simultaneously think and do about a million things at once can be rather useful – and sometimes it stresses the heck out of us. I have a theory that there’s a little space in our brain that’s meant to be left blank, just for the purpose of keeping us sane. We leave time in our day, or a drawer in our desk free for the same reason – but when life gets a little bit too hectic that space gets overcrowded and we tend to go crazy. When we do get that little bit of free time, our heads are still so full of all the things we need to do that we never truly get to relax.
Although we’re bad at knowing where to stop, God knows when we need a break. Why? Because even the creator of the world recognised that 6 days of hard work meant that a day of pure, heavenly relaxation was in order. Where better to find rest than with the one who practiced it first?
Psalm 62:1-2 “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
I’m not the best at remembering to set aside time with God & time for rest – but I’ve found that if I can do these at the same time, my time with God and my rest time are more beneficial. We’re all different and we do that in different ways. For me, it’s tea and the occasional slice of cake. That could be at home, in bed, at a coffee shop, or even on the daily commute to school or work if you catch a train or bus. Whatever gets you relaxed – do it, and make some time for the guy who set the standard.
I’ll be posting some regular devotional-style posts if you need a place to get started!
— Lauren x