When Faith asked me to write the blog post for Sunday, it felt right. Sunday is a day of rest. I can relate to that one. I love resting.
I had a conversation with a friend recently in which I confessed to being lazy. She was quick to point out I am always posting on Facebook about antics involving my pets: - dogs, cats, rabbits and snakes, not to mention four daughters, homeschooling, painting, cleaning, cooking ... how on earth could I call myself lazy?
And it made me reevaluate things.
I may not have a full time paid job where I work outside my home, but I am constantly at work. I did a word search for ‘work’ and found such negative sounding synonyms as labor, toil, slog, drudgery. The words alone made me tense. Then I looked up ‘rest’. Calm, respite, peace, stillness, cessation. Happy words.
Before Moses gets to the nitty-gritty in Exodus 35, we are reminded that:
These are the things that God has commanded you to do: Work six days, but the seventh day will be a holy rest day, God’s holy rest day.
The destined for joy campaign is going to be fun. It’s going to be challenging. It’s going to require quite a bit of (hard) work. It will be ultimately rewarding - after all we are destined for JOY!
But, when we get bogged down in the relentless activity that inevitably surrounds a capital campaign, let’s remember that before Moses told the people that God asked for a free-will offering, he reminded them that God also COMMANDED them to rest, relax, breathe and have a quiet time. When we rest in the Lord, we are not being lazy. We are recharging our batteries and listening to what God has to tell us.