And by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested (ceased) on the seventh day from all His work which He had done (Genesis 2:2 AMP).

Noah Webster’s dictionary, published in 1828, defines rest as, “Cessation of motion or action of any kind, and applicable to any body or being; as rest from labor; rest from mental exertion; rest of body or mind. A body is at rest when it ceases to move; the mind is at rest when it ceases to be disturbed or agitated ….”[1]

Rest doesn’t come naturally to most of us.

We live in a busy world and feel compelled to stay in constant motion. Even when you take a moment to sit down after hours of constant movement, your brain continues compiling a list of all the things you still need to do.

Rest can be uncomfortable. When you choose to rest, for a few hours or even a season, you have to trust that your world won’t fall apart. Your heart physically and emotionally was not created to run at high capacity for long periods of time and it’s important to give yourself permission to rest.

Father, thank you for my healthy heart. Give me wisdom to know when it’s time to take a break. And when I do, pour your presence out over me and help me to drink in your peace.

Written by Shanna D. Gregor