I never tire of the orange, red, and yellow hues of fall. Then the branches, devoid of any leaves, hold the splash of white when the snow falls, reflecting the brilliance of the sun. They change once more when little bursts of pale green and red buds peek through the tips, eventually giving way to full out green when the leaves fill in again. Every year I marvel at the varied shades of green.
Only our God, infinite in His creativity, could design seasons which would help us also manage the seasons of our lives:
- Fall. This season speaks of fresh beginnings, perhaps because it reminds me of when my children would begin a new school year. The smells of crisp leaves, the first fires, pumpkin candles, and apple pies bring a comfort all their own which is both familiar and unique. The season of harvest reminds us to be thankful for all that He has done in our lives.
- Winter. There is a reverence and peace which comes with the first snowfall. No matter how many snowfalls I have now experienced, each reminds me that I have been made whiter than snow.
- Spring. The season of growth. All that has been dormant, lying under the surface, begins to come to life and grow once anew. Spring brings a hope ”“ of greater growth and production. It encourages us to get back out there in the arena of life and enjoy all that is before us.
- Summer …
It’s the season we are currently enjoying – the season of rest.
These are the months we long for throughout the year. We desire the break from our busy schedules and routines which dictate our days. It’s the season of rest. I have found myself asking the question, “What is rest?” More so, what does God want us to do while resting?
“Rest” can mean a physical settling down of something at a particular place. “To rest” sometimes indicates a complete envelopment and thus permeation (both definitions come from Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary). To rest should then mean a period of mental or spiritual calm. A relief or freedom from that which pressures us each day.
The messages are heard all around us. You know the ones I mean ”“ theyÂ keep pushing us to achieve more and work harder. “Do it now.” “Work hard!” “You’ll never get ahead unless you do more!” “Don’t stop.”
We need to close the lids of our laptops., lay our cell phones down. And take a rest.
God knew the earth needed the season of summer in order to rest. How much more do His people need this same season? Listen to what He says:
“Consequently, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10Â For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11Â Therefore let’s make every effort to enter that rest.” (Hebrews 4:9-11, NASB)
God Himself worked hard yet He knew to take a rest. We need to do the same. But notice, we are exhorted to “make every effort to enter that rest”.
It strikes me funny that we need to work at resting or we will not rest at all. As we rest and our minds are calm, we are better able to focus on Him, gaining renewed perspective. Our hearts are softened, malleable to His touch.
Remember the definition of “rest”? As we rest, we become completely enveloped and thus permeated by His Spirit.
Enjoy these days of summer. Relax with family and friends. Laugh. Play games.
This special rest.
It is the most productive thing we can do.
Every day we choose between faith and doubt. Debbie Wilson reminds us: “Jesus found Thomas in his doubts. He won’t ever leave or forsake you either. Stop doubting and believe.” Be sure to read her post, “How Hope Found Doubting Thomas“, HERE.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.