I Could Use a Rest

I Could Use a Rest

by Steven J. Callis


I was in Gatlinburg when it happened.  Driving many miles and spending some time in Daytona and Jacksonville on my way to the mountains, I had been out of touch with the real world for a few days.

Once settled and having enjoyed a good night’s rest, I ventured out from my mountain chalet the next day, where it did not take long to discover that I had missed something.  People seemed obviously shaken, concerned, and saddened.  Eventually realizing that most of the people I saw seemed to be affected, I wondered if there was a national crisis, possibly the death of our president.  Even though I had been out of the loop, in the course of time I learned that the news actually surrounded the death of Elvis Presley.

It is unlikely that anyone could miss such a newsworthy event today.  We live in a connected world.  We feel lost without our computers and Kindles and tablets  and cellular devices on which we can talk to other people, write to other people, take pictures, play games, watch movies, and find information or answers to even the most obscure of topics and questions.  Some people are so permanently connected that their phone is worn on the ear like a fashion accessory!

One downside of our connected world is that once I have mastered the use of this device, then it begins to master me.  There is almost an addiction to being connected.  We listen to music or talk radio in the car, and carry our ipods or other listening devices whenever we can, and some schools are now allowing the use of smartphones in the classroom.

So when do we find time to rest?  Where do we find our down time, when our minds and bodies can appreciate silence and inactivity?  How do we disconnect in order to process what we have heard or experienced?  Without that rest, I become weary of the informational overload to the point that it all becomes a burden rather than a joy – even something as simple as listening to a song played on the radio.

We were created for work, but rest is a critical aspect of that function.  The rest is necessary for renewal; a break from the routine that reenergizes our mental, emotional, and physical capacities.  We must not allow our desire for connectivity master us.

The writer to the Hebrews speaks of another kind of rest, an eternal rest for the redeemed in Christ.  The warning is to hear and follow the Word of God, for those persons are the ones who will enter His rest.  Ultimately, we were created for this rest.

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