The Rhythms of Rest

The Rhythms of Rest

Are you working too hard?

Reading and soaking my heart in John chapter 5 this week, I am thinking about “Sabbath rest.” In that chapter, Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath. Then He took heat from the religious leaders for breaking the rules of the Sabbath. They saw work rather than the wonder. As usual, they were making it about rules and religious practices rather than relationships and people.

The Sabbath was made for people, not people for the Sabbath (Mark 2:27).

One of the things Jesus said in response to the religious legalists is written in verse 17, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”

The Father is ALWAYS at work, doing wonders. He is working wonderful things in our hearts. He is at work all around us, all the time. If I don’t take time to stop my own work, I might miss something HE is doing. Something significant can happen because HE is at work when we stop working, whether that is on a day or in a moment.

Specifically for me this week I am trying to grab opportunities daily to reflect on what He is doing and pause to thank Him for it. He is doing a lot. To pause and thank Him is a holy moment.

An attitude of gratitude is fueling rest. Now I can get back to work—out of rest!

Thanks, Father, that you are always at work. Help me not to miss those holy, blessed moments to say thanks and let my heart sing some praise.

1. What are things you are doing that you could set aside to allow more breathing room?
2. Consider carving out some time each day to reflect on what you know God did during the day, what He is doing, and give Him thanks. Read a Psalm.


  1. Our Father certainly has been at work in my life protecting me from the growth of my cancer and providing the gift of discovery to the doctors that treat me.

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