Step Away

“For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.” Exodus 20:11a

We hesitate, sometimes, to give ourselves permission to rest, to put down our tools and step away. It’s difficult to let ourselves step back from life for times of retreat and renewal, if only for 15 minutes to look out the window or pray or enjoy fresh air. Even if we’re not officially “working,” our phones are beeping or dinging. Or, we’re watching the news. Pastors can be some of the worst at taking time off.

Yet the scripture reminds me that even the God of all the universe rested. And so, who do we think we are? Superheroes or Energizer Bunnies or robots?

God rested so that we would also follow that pattern of setting aside time for family, prayer, laughter, and renewal. When we do so, we gain a new perspective on everything else. Also, we build up the relationships in our lives.

This week, remember to choose a time to step away, put down your tools, and enjoy the life God has given you, giving thanks and connecting with God and the people with whom God has blessed you.

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