Have you ever had one of those sleepless, uncomfortable, too hot, too cold, every thought runs through your mind, restless kind of night? They tend to come during the best time as well, when you have a massive exam the next day, a presentation at work, getting ready for Disneyland the next morning, or some other type of anxious feeling. The definition of restless stems from the inability to find rest or relaxation as a result of anxiety or boredom. Another definition one might say is the restlessness is a sign that everything is not alright.
If we look at the opposite, rest, we would see the definition as being a cease of work or movement in order to relax, refresh, recover.
Relax. Refresh. Recover.
These are three powerful words, especially in this order. As humans we crave and desire rest but often times don't know how to do it. I'm guilty of this myself, I often refuse to rest because I either don't feel like I deserve to rest or the simple fact of I don't know what brings me rest. Basically, I end up in breakdowns because my plan of go, go, go leads me there. The reason we are in need of rest and to relax is because we are in desperate need of a refreshing. When we start to feel that refreshment we are able to start the process of recovering.
St. Augustine once said, "Our hearts are restless until it finds rest in you." When our hearts are restless towards God, it means we have lost the connection. When we lose that connection we begin attempting to find rest and refreshment in anything else that will satisfy us even if it is for only a minute, and the recovery becomes nonexistent. We believe in our minds that we are stable when in reality we have created a pseudo-stability that brings us farther from the ultimate peace and keeps us bound to a specific pattern or constant disappointment and disillusion.
Imagine this, as restless as our hearts are to find that rest, refreshing and recovery, the heart of God is just as restless until we are back home with him. God feels the wrestling in our hearts playing a game of tug-o-war fighting with everything we have. Our hearts will never truly find rest until we find rest in the heart of God. A drop of water in the desert will never be as refreshing as a drink from the fountain of life. And we will never fully recover until we understand the need for the blood of Christ to wash over our shame, doubts, confusion, frustrations, anger, angst, fear, sins and bring us new life.
How are you finding ways to rest, refresh and recover?
From one human to the next,