An ancient king of Israel, known for his wisdom, once said:
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…”
Last week, in Part I of this post, we explored the issue of comparing ourselves to other peoples’ journeys. Now for Part II: I have been pondering very recently the innate need for us to rest. We enjoy productivity, doing good and giving to others. What about resting, though? Why is rest so hard?
Often, I find myself struggling to rest. Rest forces us to stop. Stop doing, stop striving. When I do rest, I begin to ponder life’s larger questions. Mine is unlike anyone else’s journey. Mine is beautiful in its own place and time.
“For everything there is a season…” The seasons of my life vary, from laughter and joy, to tears and struggles. But each season holds enormous significance and purpose. I am more changed into the person I was intended to be. Resting enables me to focus on the bigger picture.
“…and a time for every matter under heaven.” Timing is crucial to many aspects of life. Deadlines, appointments, birthdays, the like. We operate on timing. But consider this: What if the timing of things in our lives has deeper implications? What if timing is crucial for our development, for our purpose?
Take a moment today and rest. Consider timing and seasons in your life. Ask the tough questions, the big ones. And be encouraged that you are unlike any other person. You are unique. You have purpose.
Post authored by Kristen Evensen