I guess I was way overdue. I’ve been faithful every year in getting the flu shot, and I was planning to get the shot this Friday when I had my regular appointment with my doctor. The only problem – I got the flu last weekend – before I could get the shot.
It wasn’t what I had planned for this week. I was on the Women’s Retreat over the weekend when the symptoms started. Thanks to a roommate who had plenty of Tylenol, I got back to Memphis Sunday afternoon, and then nursed my high fever. I’ve been home all week – working from home as much as I can.
But God has been teaching me through this, as He always does through everything He allows into my life. I have been pushing myself nonstop for the past several months, and I wasn’t slowing down. We weren’t designed to go at that pace nonstop. So, God slowed me down. I didn’t have a choice.
It’s been a good reminder. Yes, I need to work hard! But I also need to balance hard work with time to slow down and rest (and not feel guilty about it).
Jesus even understood the importance of slowing down and pulling away. In Mark 6:30-32, after the disciples had come to Jesus and reported all they had done and taught, Jesus told them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” It even said they were so busy, they didn’t have time to eat. Sound familiar?
You would think after writing a Bible study on Rest, I’d be applying these principles. But, I’m still learning how to rest. It isn’t a luxury, but an important part of life. And God is not going to give me more to do than the hours He gives me to do it.
I am thankful that He “forced” me to slow down this week and rest. But I hope I can learn to rest without Him having to take me down this road again any time soon.
I’d love to hear from you. What hinders you from resting? And for those of you who have a good handle on rest, what are some helpful tips you can share with us?