The summer season is almost here. For some it has already started, while others haven’t given it much thought. Thanks to the lingering covid restrictions this summer will again be different. Keeping the rhythm between work and rest remains important. It is a necessary component to staying healthy in body, soul, and spirit.
God provided the pattern for us during the week of creation. For six days God was at work and on the seventh he rested. When he formed the nation of Israel, he commanded them to keep the Sabbath because in Egypt they didn’t have the freedom to rest. “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.” (Dt. 5:15) The children of Israel were also commanded to take time to celebrate feasts and festivals. These occasions offered a chance to take a break from the ordinary and get in touch with God and others.
In our digital world it is difficult to really disconnect from the office and our work. It is vital that we do so in order to:
- Renew our body through rest – we are physically limited
- Refresh our soul by enjoying family time, doing something fun, being creative – we must engage with others and with the world around us
- Replenish our spirit though time with the Lord – we need to hear his voice and know his presence
Don’t put off a time of rest because you are waiting for some future date. Put something in your calendar for this summer and take a break. The work will never be finished, it’s a merciless slave driver. God offers his people rest and refreshment, we can trust him when he encourages us to “come away and rest for a while.” (Mark 6:31)