Im definitely not the only person to pack my schedule so full that I feel as if I barely have time to breathe. Wake up early, get coffee, go to work, do homework, go to school, make YouTube videos, write blog posts, find time for self care, see boyfriend, and so on and so forth. You get the point, we live in a time where busy trumps our lives. We live in a fast paced society where relaxation and free time feel confusing and can sometimes stress us out because we don’t have anything to do.
I’ve been there… I am there. Sometimes I feel like I have no free time and yet Im hardly accomplishing anything; like Im at a dead end. Im sure you’ve felt like that too, maybe you feel that way as you’re reading this. You aren’t alone.
I’ve learned that sometimes you just have to say no. Say no to working overtime simply because you have a life to live, so you should be living it… and not at work. Say no to that event you have absolutely no interest in going to. Say yes to things that fill your soul. Say yes to spending more time with your husband, say yes to taking care of yourself so you can be the best you for others (take a bath, read a book, workout, get a manicure, go get an overpriced but delicious latte, do whatever it is).
God commands us to take a sabbath in Exodus 31:15, Do your work for six days. But the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest that is holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day will be put to death.
Okay, so you won’t be put to death, but God literally tells us to rest-to rest in Him. He knows the troubles of an overworked spirit. We must rest in knowing God can and will replenish our hearts and minds. Yes, do work, and do work for the Kingdom in our everyday lives, but also devote specific time to rest and restore our spirits in the Lord.
Maybe your schedule doesn’t allow you to take Sabbath on Sunday, maybe not on the weekend at all, and thats okay, it doesn’t mean you can’t have one or don’t deserve one. Maybe your schedule doesn’t allow you an entire day for Sabbath, thats okay too. Every day, whether its five minutes or an hour, take a moment to do something to replenish your soul and to take refuge in the Gods strength.
Proverbs 18:10 The Lord’s name is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and find refuge.
Isaiah 25:4 You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in distress, a hiding place from the storm, a shade from the heat. When the breath of tyrants is like a winter storm.
Psalms 7:1 I take refuge in you, Lord, my God. Save me from all who chase me! Rescue me!
God is our shelter, the One who restores us, the one who hears our cries. Seek Him and your spirit will find some peace.