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Rest Awhile

Ever notice that some folks seem to believe that they are responsible for the world spinning daily?  For that individual, every person’s need is calling their name.  The stress that dwells on their shoulders is immense since they must be “in attendance” for every crisis of every person in their circle of family or friends.  No good “sorrow or sadness” can be overlooked.

We have an appreciation for those that can truly help in a time of disappointment or sorrow, but most often, it is not the person that has the belief that no one could possibly survive without their “hands on fix” to the wounds of any loved one.  The folks that are “perpetual rescuers” believe themselves to be beneficial.  However, some of those same people are so demanding in their style, over bearing in their approach, insensitive to the care of others that are present, and out of touch with the “intended” person in need that their efforts are counterproductive.

The same problem can be present in the person that is convinced that they have to have their hand in every pie, and their input in every discussion, every decision, every proposal, and every “thing” that happens through a day’s events.  That type of person is a nuisance.  They destroy initiative, create resentment, and drive away self-starters since they are control freaks.

All of God’s children are gifted to serve Him.  Each of us is really good at some things and really pitiful in other arenas.  We should do our best in what we can do, and allow others to do likewise without us.  And, in the course of the journey, we need to remember that we do need diversions, recreation, and rest.  Even God rested on the seventh day.  Surely, we need it even more!

Philip Melanchthon, the great Reformation theologian, once said to his friend Martin Luther, “This day you and I will discuss the governance of the universe.” What Luther said in response was unexpected: “This day you and I will go fishing and leave the governance of the universe to God.” 

Dr. M. R. De Haan, the founder of Radio Bible Class, always carried the responsibility of leadership with a conscientious seriousness of purpose. His ministry of speaking, writing, and broadcasting touched the lives of millions. Yet he also loved taking time out to “wet a line,” and he did it often enough to balance out the responsibilities of his work. 

If we are going to serve Christ effectively, we need balance in our lives. We cannot go full speed in the work of the Lord for too long without rest or diversion. We have to counterbalance the seriousness of our mission with good relaxation. 

It’s important to be diligent in our work for the Lord. But sometimes we get so engrossed in our tasks and activities that we become exhausted and begin to lose perspective. We need to rest. Jesus said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while. (Mark 6:31).    It was the great preacher, Vance Havner, which reminded all of us….”Come apart and rest awhile, or you may just plain come apart.” (Copied).