I think I'm turning into my grandmother because I can almost sleep sitting up these days. There's a book I'm trying to read about resting and the Sabbath, called The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul By Restoring the Sabbath
by Mark Buchanan. I've heard it's really good, but every time I try to read it I start dozing.
I know the author's point is going to be how important it is to observe the Sabbath. How much we need the Sabbath. But it's hard to schedule an entire day just for rest and pleasure when for us Sundays are one of the busiest days of the week. And even though the Sabbath doesn't have to be on Sunday, the only other option for me is Saturday--my day to run all the errands and do all the chores I didn't get to during the week.
What does it really mean to rest in God, anyway? I'm in such a rush all the time, I don't think I even know how to relax anymore. And this constant rushing conditions the mind against rest, like it's a bad thing. We lie around and feel lazy for doing so. We can't turn our minds off to the things that need doing. Somehow, we just can't be still. But then there's that scripture.
Be still, and know that I am God. It's almost audible, the way He speaks it to me, and I realize I need Him to show me how.
You commanded us to remember the Sabbath, Lord, so help me to get still before You. Help me lay aside all my endeavors and pursue the things that bring peace and joy and fellowship to our home and family, at least for one day. As I worship You this day, please teach me about Your rest.
I really must read that book.