I could use some peace right now. And I’d imagine that you could too, unless you’ve found a way to totally seclude yourself from society (in which case you probably wouldn’t be reading this). Our culture is all about fast and busy and action and, well, exhaustion, if you ask me!
I’ve recently started a new job, which I enjoy and am super thankful to have, but it’s been quite the adjustment. I now have about twice as many hours as I had at my last job, plus a commute of about 40 miles one way. And in my “free time,” I’m furiously working to finish all the editing work on the score and parts for the piece I’m writing for the Clarke High School Band.
To be honest, I don’t know if I’m that good at resting, even when I have time to do it. There’s always something to be done, whether it’s a “have to” or a “want to.” And that’s not always a good thing. Look at the example God set for us in Genesis 2:2:
“On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work.”
Here He is, the Creator of the universe, who never gets tired and can listen to a billion people pray at the same time without getting confused, and He’s basically taking a nap. It’s like His way of saying, “Okay, I’m all-powerful and yet I’m taking a break, so why would you think you could keep going and going and going like the Energizer Bunny and never crash and burn?” (Except probably a lot more eloquently than that…)
But seriously, how many times do we just think we’re Superman and can do anything? Sleep is for the weak, right? Wrong! The Bible says that God grants sleep to those He loves, and there are a gazillion other verses about peace and rest. It’s obviously important to God. So even though life is crazy, let’s make the time to slow down and enjoy our Creator, each other’s company, or just the inside of our eyelids.
You’re not Superman. And you don’t have to be.
[September 23, 2012]