I'm almost to the finish line of some big projects I've been working on and I'm trying to take little breaks in this marathon to catch my breath and rest. And, that's not so easy! I know you know exactly what I mean.
But, if we don't chill out, we'll burn out.
Sometimes, rest feels like just another thing on our to-do list! But, if we don't carve out time for it we will burnout from lack of it!
Burn out begins long before you smell the smoke!
In the past, by the time my spiritual smoke alarms went off, I was engulfed in the flames of exhaustion. I'm finally figuring out that rest is a choice — a choice that often requires faith.
The writer of Hebrews said, "So we see that they (the Children of Israel) could not enter it (His rest) because of unbelief." (Hebrews 3:19)
God's people didn’t fully trust their God and it kept them from entering into their rest. And, when we don't fully trust Him, we don't rest either.
I'm learning that when I can't, or won't, rest it's because I don't rely fully on God. Instead, I am fully relying on me.
Rest means to trust fully in Him rather than myself.