” Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it.” – Hebrews 4:1
Question for the day: “How good are we doing at creating open space for God to speak?”
In her book, Invitations from God, Adele Calhoun lists the following characteristics as primary roadblocks to a relationship with God:
- a consistent 60-hour work week
- an inability to relax even when time is available
- an identity that is attached to work, accomplishments, and achievements
- so ignoring the body’s cues for rest that you are living in a constant state of depletion
- a strong belief that everything is riding on your shoulders
It does for me. I am saddened by the realization that God created a wonderful time of rest, the Sabbath, for me to re-charge and enjoy the gifts of family and recreation – and I waste it week after week in the name of productivity.
When will I realize that my day off is not a day to run as hard as I can to catch up, but a time to enjoy the best things in this life – my family, a good book, time alone with God? How can I ever experience His presence if I am so busy that I don’t pay attention to what is going on around me?
You provide everything that I need. Help me to believe that enough to be able to slow down and enjoy life 1 day out of the 7. I realize my constant need to “do, do, do” is a reflection on my lack of trust in You. Please forgive me for doubting You and allowing my pride to exalt my abilities over Yours.
Help me to learn to slow down, my King. Because I don’t really think I know how. I have been on this treadmill for so long. Help me to claim this gift of peace that You have so graciously given.
In Jesus’ name,