I might be a little bit addicted to being busy.
Okay, so more than a little bit.
You wouldn't know it from talking to me. When I'm in the midst of a busy season in life, all I talk about is taking the time to rest. I cannot wait to be free again! I'll exclaim to my friends over coffee, pointing to my unwashed head of hair. I just want to sit and read a book and do nothing.
But then the "nothing" comes, and what do I feel like? Exactly that: nothing. I feel purposeless and guilty for having time to rest because rest time feels like wasted time. Why? For me, it's because I get caught up in the chaos of a busy schedule. I find meaning in my responsibilities and discover my worth in getting things done. I become addicted to busyness.
I spend countless hours completing a work project, neglecting my health and family. I pack my weekends with social events, checking off the list of friends who want to see me. I sit in church, mentally preparing for the week ahead, strategizing the route I'll take after service to run some errands. But when the project ends, the weekend passes, the chores are completed, I'm left with—what, exactly?
When there's nothing to do—when life's demands momentarily disappear—I face one of the most frightening demands imaginable: learning how to rest.
The Bible is filled with people who connect with God when they take time to rest, when they step away from the world's noise. King David took the time to reflect on God's promises of safety and rest. And he wrote his reflections down as songs, which we can read today in the Psalms.
Do you long to rediscover what it means to rest in God? If so, I encourage you to find a seat, open up your Bible, and meditate on David's words with me:
Psalm 4:8 (GNTD)
When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace; you alone, O Lord, keep me perfectly safe.
Psalm 62:1-2, 5 (GNTD)
I wait patiently for God to save me; I depend on him alone. He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, and I shall never be defeated…Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on him.
Psalm 61: 2b-5 (GNTD)
Lead me to the mighty rock high above me. You are a strong tower, where I am safe from my enemies. Let me live with you forever and find protection under your wings, my God. You heard my promises, and you have blessed me, just as you bless everyone who worships you.
Psalm 131:1-3 (GNTD)
I am not conceited, Lord, and I don't waste my time on impossible schemes. But I have learned to feel safe and satisfied, just like a young child on its mother's lap. People of Israel, you must trust the Lord now and forever.
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