Rest up!

Week beginning: 11th March, 2018 | By Jennifer McKelvin | London

"Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."

Genesis 2:1-3 (NIV)

The snow at the start of the month taught me two things. (1) To avoid slipping, I need to walk like a penguin; and (2) I'm not very good at resting.

As lawyers, we're used to being busy people. If we're able to leave our desk before nightfall, I suspect our diaries are equally as busy outside the office – serving at church, volunteering on committees, or just the normal busyness of family life. Perhaps that's why, when the snow fell and my plans were cancelled, I was at a loss as to what to do. To my horror, my default was to open up my laptop and start working! I had forgotten how to rest.

After His work of creation, God rested. As we are made in His image, we too are called to a pattern of rest after our work. However long our to do lists are, or however demanding our client is, if the Creator and Sustainer of the universe found time to rest, then we must endeavour to as well.

Our schedules will vary. For some of us, rest will be inactivity; for others, a change in activity. But rest is not simply a spare half hour between meetings, or the solution to burnout. It is something much more valuable – a gift from God, a celebration of our design.

Prayer Points:

1. Pray that we are all intentional in finding time to rest this week.

2. In the run-up to Easter, pray that God gives each of us the confidence to share the good news of Jesus Christ, in whom we can all find true rest.