Revelations: Are you resting your mind and spirit?
The other day, I woke up, looked in the mirror and realized I was tired.
I'd had plenty of sleep, though the bags beneath my eyes said otherwise.
But as I studied my face and body, I could feel my insides begging for rest.
My mind needed a rest. The noise needed to pause. I needed to stop.
I could have climbed back in bed, called in sick, canceled meetings and gone back to sleep.
But sleep was not the answer to the fatigue I was experiencing.
Prayer and silence and nature - and a break from technology - that's what I was craving.
So I decided when the week was over, I would say yes to myself, and no to a few of the needs of those around me.
It has been a few days now, and it's been wonderful to take rest.
Which reminds me - when I traveled to India for a month last year, "take rest" was a common phrase the locals used to tell me to get some rest. And there, in India, meditation and rest are paramount.
It's so easy for me to give too much of myself. It's always been a flaw of mine. I've discovered in recent years that women, especially career-oriented women, are guilty of offering too many yeses, and forgetting that it's OK to say no.
But God, I've learned, doesn't want us to be worn out and fatigued to the point of exhaustion and isolation.
He wants us to be clear-minded and productive and rested, so we can focus on him and how we can better serve his world.
Biblical scripture is clear about working and even clearer about working hard.
But He's also clear about rest.
Part of keeping the Sabbath is promising to take some time for rest of body, mind and soul.
And rest, I've had to teach myself, doesn't mean laying on the couch watching television all day or spending hours on a Sunday afternoon catching up on 12 to 15 errands.
It means mental, spiritual and physical rest.
I believe when God asks us to find time to rest, he wants us to turn off the world and all of its noise and turn to prayer and meditation.
He wants us to ask for help, seek silence and do for ourselves as much as we would do for others.
He wants us to get out into nature, into the sunlight, soak up the vitamin D we so desperately need for wellness and allow the dinging and vibrating electronic devices to cease for awhile.
So I hope you'll find some time this week to rest your mind and body.
It's only when we're recharged and well-rested that we can be a blessing to others.
The other, unrested you is scary, I promise. I know mine is.
Ain't nobody got time for that.
Jennifer Preyss is the faith editor for the Victoria Advocate. You can reach her at 361-580-6535 or on Twitter @jenniferpreyss.