What a summer it has been. Having our children home all summer was a joy. We did not do any vacations, summer camps, or planned activities. Instead, we spent time together. Watching movies on the couch. Adventures to our neighborhood pool. Playing games in the front lawn. Plenty of sleepovers and adventures with neighbors and friends. Most importantly, there has been rest.
As Americans, we generally underestimate the necessity of rest. Most times, I have a full schedule of all the learning opportunities we will dive into. But this summer was different. It was the first summer, probably ever, that I had no plan. Physically for me, it has been very hard to make plans due to unexpected bouts of pain. Overcoming the pain, the anxiety, and foggy mindset alone has been a journey. But we rested in the flexibility of knowing that some days, nothing is exactly what we needed.
I am reminded of this when I read Psalms 23. The verse that catches my attention most in seasons like this is verse 2:
“He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.”-NLT
I am reminded that there are times that call for me to rest more than anything else. Not only that, but that He actually leads me to that place. At times, I have to allow myself to let Him lead me. I can be so consumed with my plans that I forget that He desires that I never become too busy to rest in Him.
In verse 3, I am reminded that He is my source and my strength. When my body is tired and my mind is failing, I can find all that I need in Him. When I want my plans to come to pass, but they don’t, He draws me to stay on track. He is always revealing who He is:
“He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.”
What I love most is that, He never gives up on us. As we overplan, become too busy, or simply just refuse to rest, He still beckons our hearts to His:
“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life…” -Psalm 23:6a
I pray that your summer was full, but still balanced with rest. Without rest, we miss those “still small voice moments” where God just wants to sit with us and reveal Himself to us. Let us never become too busy to rest.