Do you have favorite passages in the Bible? You may be surprised at what mine is. Obviously I am amazed and so very grateful for the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, but there are Words in my Bible that make me cry:
And the evening and the morning were the first day. – Genesis 1:5
And the evening and the morning were the second day. – Genesis 1:8
And the evening and the morning were the third day. – Genesis 1:13
And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. – Genesis 1:19
And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. – Genesis 1:23
And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. – Genesis 1:31
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made. – Genesis 2:3
Without even thinking about how much work God did, let’s just consider the fact that He didn’t do it all at once. His creation was not just thrown together like something my Aunt Mary would make in her Kitchen Aid mixer! He took time and it was a complete labor of LOVE. If you ever wonder just how much the Father loves you, read through the story of creation!
Don’t just skip over the parts that explain that God was done for that day. I’m glad those passages are included! God worked – He worked very hard for a time. Then He did what? Well, by day seven, He blessed the day and declared that it was to be a day of REST. It’s a day of renewal and relaxation.
By renewal and relaxation He did not intend it to be the day to do the laundry. In our day we see rest and relaxation as something weak or something that makes people lazy. If we aren’t running around trying to text and drive or push a shopping cart with the phone cradled on our shoulder – or better yet – a Bluetooth gadget on our ear – then we’re considered uncool and lazy. Hmm… you know what??? I’m not joining the masses on those things!
Renewal is so important to overall health and wellbeing! Rest every night – good deep sleep is part of what keeps our cells healthy. Our bodies need rest – we were made to rest at night! Pay attention to nature and the newness of Spring! Look at the story of creation. God rested. If GOD rested, what makes us think we don’t have to?