License to Rest

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“And on the seventh day God finished His work that He had done, and He rested . . .” (Genesis 2:2 ESV)

I love being busy.

In truth, there are days I’d like to jump out a window due to the amount of work I have left to accomplish before bedtime, but mostly, I love being productive. I love to-do lists and projects and deadlines. I thrive on them like bacteria thrives in heat.

Ugly example, perhaps, but so true.

So when I arrive at the verse in my Bible study (like I did this afternoon) where God chose to take a day off from His labor to rest, I feel the force of its conviction right between my eyes.

It is a good thing to set aside a day to rest.

One of the most frequent questions I receive on this blog is, “Why don’t you send a to-do list on Sunday? You send one every other day of the week!” And my response?–because we need to learn to slow down. Because we need to carve out time to rest.
I had a roommate in college who insisted on keeping Sundays homework-free. I used to furrow my brow at her while I was running around Sunday night stuffing books into my bag, adding words to my papers, and feverishly reviewing for my tests . . . all while she reflected on and appreciated the important things in her life.

I get it now.
Something will go undusted if we rest on Sunday. But our hearts will thrive . . .

. . . like bacteria thrives in heat.


  1. The Brammers says:

    Great reminder, Trisha.. One I particularly need today.

  2. I understand. I really do.

    I needed this when I learned it. But I need it so much more now.


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