Hi everyone, David here.
This week we have been focusing on rest and the unforced rhythm of grace – now there’s a book title. Jesus puts it this way:
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
When Dallas Willard was asked by a friend, “How do I best teach people about Jesus?” Willard thought, then replied, “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”
Of all the things he could have said, he responded with ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life. This tells us something about the intentionality of rest compared to what Socartes once described as the barrenness of the busy.
Sometimes, though the reality of life means lots of change, lots of activities, meetings, juggling work, and life. Aren’t we all running? We are. We are running a marathon.
Hebrews 12:1 “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Other versions say, “Let us run with patience” or “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
1 Corinthians 9:24 says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
We want to run well. Live well. Finish well. So in order to do that, we need to rest. To keep running, we have to stop running. High performance athletes know that they need rest days to recover and repair muscles in order to get stronger.
The best response to the barrenness of the busy is to do nothing. It can feel lazy or self-indulgent to do nothing. Schedule nothing. Say no to events, appointments, gatherings in order to choose to rest. Intentionally resting is vital for all of us.
It can be challenging to eliminate hurry from my life. But for today, well, today, maybe we should.
May you my friends, get away with God and recover your life, take a real rest. Take a walk with God, watch how he does it. May you learn the unforced rhythm of grace – may it become part of your soul. Keep company with God and learn how to live freely and lightly.
Grace and peace.