Food for thought
Take a Break!
“And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.” (Gen 2:2,3)
Grace and Peace, from God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Summer is here! July and August are the months for many to take a break… to go on holidays… to slow down.
Is the Bible actually talking about holidays and vacations? No, of course not! These are, after all, terms that were not known at the time of the Bible.
Bunt, the idea of rest, of taking a break has been around pretty much from the beginning of time. And there is some clear talk about rest already as part of the creation story on the first pages of the Bible. “2And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.” (Gen 2: 2, 3).
From the beginning, God made room for a time of rest. And we all appreciate God’s very wise and sensible decision, because we all know from personal experience that no-one can ever only workworkwork – no matter what kind of work it might be.
So, what do you do when you rest from your work?
If you are constantly dealing with a lot of people in your job, you may be looking forward to some quiet, introverted time. Or if you have a desk job in an office, you might want to get outside, outdoors, and move around and be active.
Those whose work is heavily structured might appreciate a rather casual, floating-through-the-day kind of life for a while. Some might need a vacation at a far-away place, others might prefer a staycation, and hang out at home.
For me holidays start when I switch off my cell phone, and stay away from my email accounts.
There are so many different ways to break free from the everyday grind, and so many things to do that we often don’t take the time to do.
And isn’t that what the passage means? …to step away from everyday life for a while, and to unplug from our everyday ruts - be it through a lot of activity and action, or sweet idleness and doing nothing! Or a mixture of both.
Our everyday lives and holidays are two areas that complement each other, they belong together. Our everyday life and holidays are two areas that together contribute to a healthier, more balanced life. Our everyday life and holidays are two areas that are both gift, gift that God has created for us. For in six days God created the world, and on the seventh day God took a break.
And Jesus, too, took time off from his otherwise 24/7 schedule. Jesus sought peace and solitude, time to rest, time to pray, time to spend with friends. Why should we do otherwise?
Enjoy your summer! Enjoy your holiday! I am sure you’ll find something that suits you!
God’s Peace to you all,