Resting should come natural

Published on Friday, 27 September 2013 23:18 - Written by By Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

As the summer is winding down, vacation season is coming to a close. But many Americans won’t even take all their vacation time.

According to American Public Media, most Americans won’t take about nine days of their accrued vacation time.

“It’s partly out of fear,” reads the article. “Americans are afraid their bosses will think they’re lazy or that their job could get eliminated while they’re away. But not taking vacation matters.”

Women who don’t take regular vacations are anywhere from two to eight times more likely to suffer from depression and have a 50 percent higher chance of heart disease. For men, the risk of death from a heart attack goes up 30 percent, and American businesses spend $344 billion per year on stress-related health care costs, according to the article.

In the Genesis story when God created the world, He took a day to rest. Pastors take sabbaticals all the time.

So why do we think taking a break is lazy? Or do we think that we are so needed that the world will stop turning if we take time to rest?

Last I checked, God was the only one who kept the world on its axis.

But the most beautiful thing God says about rest is how He gives rest to our soul. Like the story of Mary and Martha, He doesn’t want us to wear ourselves out striving and working to please Him, but to simply sit and be with Him. To “be still and know that He is God.”

It reminds me of a song that I heard recently, “Come to Me,” that has come to be one of my favorites.

“Weary, burdened wanderer

There is rest for thee

At the feet of Jesus

in His love, so free

Listen to His message

Words of life, forever blest

O, thou heavy laden

Come to Me, come and rest

There is freedom, taste and see

Hear the call, ‘Come to Me’

Run into His arms of grace

Your burden carried, He will take

Bring Him all thy burdens

All thy guilt, and sin

Mercy’s door is open

Rise up and enter in

Jesus, there is waiting

patiently for thee

Hear Him gently calling,

‘Come, Oh, Come to Me.’”