In the book, the authors discuss the critical need to rest. They write, "Because energy diminishes both with overuse and with underuse, we must balance energy expenditure with intermittent energy renewal."
Basically, the more you work, the more you need to rest. But society isn't structured that way. Busyness is seen as a sign of success. Being constantly available via a blackberry or cellphone is a sign of professionalism. Checking work emails at night and on the weekends is a sign of importance.
But what does the Bible have to say?
One of my favorite verses about rest is Psalm 23: 2-3
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.
And that makes sense. When a surgeon operates, you have to be laying down. If he tried to operate while you were running on a treadmill or driving in your car between meetings or frantically answering emails, it would be a messy failure. So instead, the surgeon puts you to sleep and operates while you are laying down.
I think God is the same way. He doesn't ask us to fall asleep, but he does ask us to be still. To lay down in green pastures while the great doctor, the healer of all hurts goes to work.
I've written about the Sabbath and rest in the past, and I will do it again in the future because it's one of those gifts from God that so many of us, myself included, have not learned to receive yet.
So today, lay down.
This post goes well with:
1. The missing nap.