By Dana Che
Move, move, go, go, drive here and drive there. Such is my life as a busy mom of 4 (soon to be 5 once our exchange student arrives later this month). Finding time for rest is not an easy thing when I’m juggling carpools, kids’ sporting schedules, coaching my cheerleading team, work and my own travels with my speaking business. I religiously eat breakfast in my truck and even keep “emergency snacks” in my truck or purse in case I don’t have time to prepare a meal.
At the end of the day, all I want to do is flop down on my couch, kick up my recliner and watch reruns of Family Feud or Shark Tank.
Yet I know I must find times of rest throughout my day. When most of us think of rest, we may think of sleep or napping, at least. But rest can come in many different forms. Reading a book can be rest. Meditating on Scripture or other positive thoughts can be rest. Taking a hot bubble bath can be a form of rest. The point is to halt your normal schedule and slow down.
My little boys (ages 8 & 6) love for me to read the 10 Commandments to them before they go to bed each night. They are so proud that they can recite them all from memory. And every night, I’m reminded that God actually commands us to rest: “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). Rest is not just a good idea to the Lord. He commands it! God knows our propensity to overdue our schedules. He knows we try to squeeze 30 hours of activities into 24 hours a day. He knows these bodies He created, and He knows they need periods of rest . . . so much so that He commands us to take an entire day off!
For most Christians, their Sabbath Day is Sunday. Most Christians enjoy a time of worship with their families at their local church and then take it easy for the rest of the day. Sundays are actually my favorite day of the week, because it is the one day I don’t schedule anything—no practices, no meetings, no work, and actually my family doesn’t even go to church on Sunday. We attend on Saturday night. That way, we have the entire day to enjoy our day of rest and each other.
As you read this, you may be able to totally relate to my crazy schedule. What I’m encouraging you to do is to find or “steal” time for rest. While I’m waiting for my kids to get out of practice, I often take a 20-minute nap in my truck. Once all the kids are at school, and before I start my workday, I often take some extended time to worship and get myself prepared for the day before me. At night, once everyone is tucked away in bed, I often write (which doesn’t feel like work to me) or catch up on celebrity gossip. Yes, I know the latter isn’t very spiritual, but it relaxes my mind. I don’t know why!
The point is to find pockets of time throughout your day to rest, reflect and remember the goodness of God. Be grateful. Sing praises. Write or restructure your life vision. Go for a walk. Sit out in nature. Be creative! And by all means, take a day, be it Sunday or any of the other 6 days our wonderful God created and find time to rest!