2017-05-10 - Rest for Awhile
Are you good at resting? I’m not very skilled at all, if that word is at all contextually accurate, when it comes to resting, in general. So I should not be surprised if my children also struggle with it, too. When I am feeling bad, it’s easier to rest, but if just a bit worn down or off my mark, it often seems like more of a struggle. I need to pray more at such times, regarding my own struggle, as well as for the rest of our family, friends and others, too. It can make such a difference when we don’t let ourselves get so run down and mentally tired. In the long run, we will feel good and will be able to be better company and of better service to those around us, too.
Our daughter was home for the weekend to help Saturday, as the maid of honor, give the bridal shower for a very dear friend of hers from grade school. Unfortunately, she woke up this past Friday before work, not feeling her best - and naturally had plans including work, going to another friend’s college graduation, and then the shower the next day. It would seem she was coming down with a flu bug or allergies, and while not severe, having plans that are more extensive, it’s likely to really drag you down after you manage to get through your itinerary. I think most can relate to trying to keep our word, being supportive, and pushing through symptoms that are in the early stages and then just going home and crashing for the rest of the weekend. I do that, as very often, for me, it’s not the flu or allergies, and my body is just crashing until I get some sleep.
Kate is no exception. In her off time from her job, teaching special education in the High School setting, she likes to hang out with family, friends, small group friends she’s met along the way from college and sometimes perhaps she becomes susceptible to potential things passed around at work, or the places her friends have been, too. After trudging through her basic original plans she began to feel worse by the time we got through the bridal shower and crashed at home after taking some over the counter medication. She then mentioned before bed she had wanted to meet up with another friend from town before leaving the next afternoon. While I normally try not to butt in to those scenarios with her being on her own now, mostly I discouraged any more plans, knowing her body needed to rest for awhile. Not only should we take care of this temple we are given for the use of sharing God’s love, but we should also consider how it will affect others, if we try to cut corners on feeling better. Even if our intentions are good, I’m pretty sure our friends, family and people we newly meet would prefer not to have a cold, flu or some other communicable illness - and would rather get to know us as our healthiest versions of ourselves. So let’s do our best to be our best as much as is possible, thinking about whom we are representing. God will take care of us, when we do all we can to be rested and ready to serve Him.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV)
All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.