I and a few of my girlfriends have been struggling with weariness. So, I sat down and journaled with God, asking Him for a strategy and way through it. This is the word I received from Him:
“Julia, The spirit of heaviness comes in layers—thin, almost imperceivable disappointments and micro-traumas that settle like layers of dust. When you don’t come to me for refreshment or renewal, these layers begin feeling like a weighted blanket. The thing about weighted blankets is they can cocoon you in comfort that keeps you stuck. By comfort, I mean a familiar way of ‘doing life.’
There is another way.
Yes, you are a fighter. But, you are first my daughter and every battle isn’t yours to fight. Sometimes it’s time to unclench your fists and make a cup of tea…as you watch and wait for me show up.
For someone who identifies as self-sufficient, the position of waiting upon me feels wasteful and unproductive. But, Rest and Wait is the place where things are restored, repaired, refreshed and renewed.
I did not create you to be a machine. I created you, my lovely daughter to walk the seasons of life with me. When you find yourself at the breaking point, it is only because you have not given your mind, body, spirit, and soul the Sabbath rest I require.
This commandment wasn’t meant to be a burden but a liberation from the daily grind. It offers the space your spirit needs to recover. I enjoy seeing you rest for when you do, you are fully, completely trusting in me.”
After I received that word, I felt strongly to look up Shabbat and Sabbath rest, a Jewish custom Jesus practiced.
Fridays are for winding down and reconnecting with family. John and I are committing to turning off our phone and television to make and share a meal together. We are prioritizing quality time and being fully present in the moment God has given us…for isn’t this stewarding life well?
Saturdays are for soaking in refreshment. If this means sleeping in, not working out or going for a stroll in the park, then yes! If we have extra funds, we might treat ourselves to a massage or a nice dinner out. If we are on a budget, we can crack out the lotion and give each other foot rubs. Think of Fun and Play! Restoration is NOT work. In fact, that is the very opposite!
Listen to what the Word says: “Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of the people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27
The God of the Universe is faithful to give us what we need. Often times, we must simply slow down and receive whats already there.