george_hancockstefanThis past week, I taught an intensive course at the seminary.  In the seminary context, an intensive is taught for five days from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM with three breaks during the day.  In the evening, students usually write their papers for the next day and the professor grades the papers the day they are handed in so the students will be able to see how they did.

I arrived home on Friday evening and my wife fleetingly mentioned that if I want to do the yard work, I should do it early in the morning because the day was going to be hot.  I never got to work in the yard because I slept in pretty late that morning. I came to the office and when a counseling call came in, I made sure that it was not urgent and agreed to do it early next week.  In the afternoon, I felt pretty tired and that is when I remembered the words of Jesus to his disciples – “Come and rest” (Mark 6:31B).

God has blessed me with a body that rejuvenates pretty quickly. After long and stressful episodes, I need a couple of days to stay away from the tasks that have made me tired.  I need to do those things that relax me, refresh me and make me focus on things that I enjoy.  I may read, watch movies, visit places or when I am really relaxed, I can work on my stamps.  When my children see me work with my stamps, they know that I am in the most relaxed mode.

God in his wisdom has created rest. Sleep analysts tell us that we kid ourselves by sleeping less and less because we are so busy.  They tell us that if we sleep what we need to, we will more productive than when we do not.  Sunday used to be a day of worship and rest.  This country wants to imitate Sinatra’s song about the city that never sleeps by becoming the country that never sleeps with people who never rest or rest less and less.

This summer, take a vacation; take some rest, do something fun, relaxing and come back refreshed.  It will be better for you, for your family and friends and for the entire community.