We are all competing in this rat race called life. We are driven by targets, deadlines; or sometimes just the mere knowledge that at the end of our project, assignment or task there is a reward. Some of us don’t do anything if there is nothing to gain from our efforts. Because, who wants to do something and gain nothing? Especially in our capitalist society, where we chase after that which has monetary value (and with good reason) because nowadays you’re ‘valued’ by your nett worth. However, should your reward always just be tangible? Isn’t it sometimes just the satisfaction of knowing you’ve accomplished something or that your life has meaning that offers some kind of incentive to you?
Ecclesiastes 4 describes our modern life so accurately when it says it is “a chasing after the wind…” (Eccl. 4:4, NIV)
No matter what the reason is for being part of the hustle and bustle of modern life, there is a dire need on the inside of each one of us for serenity, peace and quiet, and simply just to rest.
Why do we need to rest?
Because we as human beings are finite beings, and some time or another we need to refresh. Physical rest repairs and rebuilds the body and mind. Our bodies (every cell, tissue, muscle, bone etc.) are limited and need to recuperate in order to perform at its peak. I looked at the story of the creation and see that after the Almighty God was done with everything (Gen. 2:2), He rested. Who are we as mere mortals to think that we can go on and on without rest?
Life is a journey, not a destination. Every once in a while we need to slow down, take a deep breathe and simply enjoy the ride!
I want to conclude with a quote from the book by the renowned late Dr. Maya Angelou entitled Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now:
“Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”