There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.
― Alan Cohen
When it’s snowing in March and the oven almost starts on fire while broiling steaks, it may be time for a break.
Work is great. Working hard is needed, respected, and virtuous. And so is rest. The Lord calls us to rest in Him (Matthew 11:28) and to be still (Psalm 46:10). When the world gets tough, He calls us to find spiritual rest in the peace that He has already overcome the world.
I am thankful for God’s word and gift of the Holy Spirit to constantly give me spiritual rest. To be still mentally and physically is much harder for me. I often find my mind and body restless with all of the thoughts of the world replaying through my mind and still having a mile-long to-do checklist after a hard day’s work. To start the process of truly being still in all senses of the notion, I like to incorporate two practices into my earthly life. Thankfully, I have a husband who encourages these practices.
When I can’t seem to quiet my mind and am exhausted from work, it can help to just get away. It doesn’t have to be somewhere exotic or expensive. It can be a trip to visit a friend, a day trip to a neighboring city, or even taking a new walking path in my own city. Getting away from my normal surroundings helps to cleanse my mind and rejuvenate my body, if only to remember that there is beauty and new perspectives outside of the small bubble I have been focused on for weeks.
I am a big fan of using great products for face, hair, and body. Along with helping me achieve the looks and styles I want, they also relax me. The aromas and soothing properties of many of the products can instantly relieve the stress I have been carrying. It really helps to refocus my mind on healing and soothing instead of the chaos in life. Often, my first step to getting some much needed stillness in my day is putting on a face mask and soaking my feet in a bath.
All good things come from God, and I am so thankful for having rest in Him. Through the word, the Holy Spirit, the world He created, and the innovative products made by the innovative people He created, I can be still spiritually, mentally, and physically.
I encourage you to be at rest and still today and every day that you can. Maybe that’s through reading the Bible, tending to your garden, taking a walk, spending time with friends, having a relaxing bubble bath, taking a vacation, putting on a good-smelling moisturizer, or hugging your loved one for a few minutes longer. Whatever it may be, do it often. Work hard, and rest hard, too.