Confession time: running an Instagram and blog dedicated to our daily coffee run is quite consuming. Sure, it’s fun to visit shops, take pictures and write something about each location, but just like a regular 9-5 job, it takes work. Lots of work. And a lot of constantly obsessing over analytics and your brand.
And here’s where the true confession comes along; sometimes we get burnt out and just need a break from it all.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
Breaks are an essential part of life and something that a lot of us haven’t quite taken full advantage of. We tend to overwork ourselves until we’ve reached a breaking point, instead of acknowledging that we need help and some time to rest.
Matthew 11:28-30 is a wonderful reminder that God understands we need rest and wants us to rest in Him. We see this beautiful picture of our Heavenly Father waving us to come close to Him, telling us that whatever it is that’s stressing us out, we can stop worrying about. We can lie down, close our eyes for a bit and He will look after us; kind of like when a parent rocks their child to sleep. It’s safe and cozy, making it very easy to relax and fall asleep.
In a way, rest is a taboo word. It’s associated with laziness, so we end up saving face by constantly telling everyone we know that we’re “busy.”
Why? Busy means we have a life and justifies the two seasons of a show that we binge-watched on Netflix instead of going out for a friend’s birthday party. Busy is the excuse we tell ourselves, so we don’t have to think about all the junk going on in our lives that we don’t want to deal with right away.
“I saw the Lord always before me, Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore, my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope.” Acts 2:25-26 (NIV).
Needless to say, we worry too much about how others perceive us. We want to go, go, go because it means we have a life. It means our Instagram story is going to be filled with friends laughing and fun events. It’ll look like we have it all together, even though on the inside we’re falling apart.
We worry that if people can’t see that we’re busy, then we’re failures. However, there’s something to be said about resting in God’s hope. It’s nice to know that He’s gone before us, so we don’t need to be scared.
Instead, we can relax. We can take some time away from work. We can spend more time with family. We don’t have to feel guilty when we tell our friends that want to rest at home instead of going out to dinner. We don’t have to overcommit ourselves with various activities, just because someone asked nicely.
What we need to do is take care of ourselves. Focus on where God wants us to go and follow Him in faith.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.” Psalm 23:1-3 (NIV)
He refreshes my soul.
It’s okay to hit the reset button, step away from the busyness of life and have the Lord refresh your soul. You don’t even need to explain it to anybody else.
So, if you’re feeling like you need to hit the reset button, just know that we get it. We have to do the same thing at times and are big advocates of using that time away to reflect and realign our priorities.
Rest in God’s presence and allow him to refresh your soul and take the burden of the stresses you’ve been carrying on your back. Fall asleep in our Heavenly Father’s arms and let Him take away that heavy burden that’s been dragging you down for far too long.
“The Lord replied, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 (NIV)
Questions over coffee:
- What can you begin doing in your life today to allow more time to rest?
- Why do you think it’s so hard to rest in God’s presence? Why do you think we have to constantly feel like we have to be on the go?
- Who can you count on to remind you that it’s time to hit the reset button and rest for awhile?