Okay, I don’t mean to sound like a party pooper, not at all. But for a couple of years now, I haven’t had the same spring in my step on January 1st as I’ve had in the past. It’s not a depression or a grumpy frumpyness. The better word is drained. Pooped. Spent. While everyone else is jumping on the treadmill and cleaning out closets, I’m yawning and yearning for a long nap, if only to wake up when it’s spring.
Don’t take off your party hats or your workout clothes. I’m rejoicing with you “get ‘er done” types in spirit, pinky promise. I’m sure much of it is the season of life I’m in. But the one cool thing is that in my weariness, I’m that much more eager to be rejuvenated spiritually.
So instead of falling into bed for a nap-filled season, I prepare to find rest on my knees instead. To pause and ponder God’s faithfulness and goodness. How His mercies are new and always present. How He rebuilds and restores and redeems. How amazing His sovereign acts are. How He never grows tired or weary.
The Lord shows me to rest in the Truth of His Word, reminding me that He lightens loads, adjusts attitudes and compassionately conforms His children to His image as they diligently seek Him. That He is willing to save and to sanctify us through and through. And I am revived again.
So this is my decision. To wait just a liiiiitle longer to get my goals on, okay? I need the time to rest, regroup and recoup in my Savior first. If you are one who is already running on full of His focus and resolve in your resolutions, press on, sister! Just make sure you don’t sprint ahead of Him like I have so often in my zeal. (It leads to a crash and burn).
I’m guessing there are a few reading who are tired like me, though, who need permission to take a New Year’s sabbatical. Well, you got it! Together let’s make a New Year’s RESTolution, knowing that by His grace, He will renew our hearts, souls and minds in the process. We can’t help but be revived when we take the time to be still and know God better.
Psalm 46:10 (NASB)
“Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (NASB)
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
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