Today is a day of rest.

What does rest mean?

Is it that nap that I take every Sunday afternoon?

I recently found out that my grandfather took a nap every Sunday afternoon. He said that if he didn’t get his Sunday nap he felt it all week long. That hard-working Irish man, who passed on an admirable work ethic of diligence and energetic efficiency to his many descendants, took a Sunday nap! That wise man knew something important.

Rest is not a posture of the body, but a condition of the soul.

You can recline in a sleeping position, but be in torment and travail in your soul, tossing and turning on a bed of frustrating mental barbs that rip the very peace from your soul.

There is a Sabbath rest for the people of God.

You were made to rest.

Not only do you need a day of rest from the routine and rampages of the week, you need a time of mental rest, a season of refreshing and restorative rest for the soul.

You need peace.

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:” Isaiah 26:3-4

Today, rest in peace, as you take time to free your mind of everything of the world, and instead focus on Him, through whom everything was made:

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:3

When I was a child I tried to imagine what the world would be like if there was no God, and no Creator, and thus, I had never been created. The contemplation became so immense, that there in that moment, I would try to imagine where I would be. . .  if I wasn’t. . .

The black holes in my mind would begin to swirl around, and I was afraid that I would be lost in the immense blackness of faithless nonexistence. I would shake my head and force myself to think about something else, because a world without God is a world of nonexistence, just like a moment of focusing on God, is real, is life sustaining, is rest and peace.

God is “I am“. The ever present presence. Present tense. In the moment. NOW. And that is so immense, that when I think about that, and rest in that moment, there is peace.

Rest in peace today,