I remember waking up with drool on my chin and lawn chair lines on my cheek. As I stirred myself back to life, the earbuds that were practically melted into my ears clumsily dropped out but I could still hear the same song playing that had lulled me to sleep. A quick glance up and down the powdery white beach of Longboat Key revealed no girlfriend sitting beside me as she had been when I drifted off. The aqua blue waves were darkened a bit by the lowering afternoon sun and the sound of busy seagulls filled the air. I gathered myself together, stretched my arms up and my toes down, then rolled off the beach chair and headed toward the cottage hiding under the Banyan trees behind me.
I could smell food cooking as I approached the rickety screen door and could see my friend happily humming and working in the tiny kitchen. The squeaky door warned her of my intrusion.
“There you are, sleepy head,” she said. “I was just about to come after you. Dinner is ready.”
My friend had prepared a fresh fried fish, shrimp, and hushpuppy dinner for me along with her world-class chopped salad and a big glass of sweet tea. Oh my, I was overwhelmed. It was precious.
“Why didn’t you wake me up to help with dinner?” I asked.
“You needed to rest, Pat! You are wiped out and you cannot keep up this pace,” she responded in no uncertain terms. As we sat down to dinner, my friend continued her soft but no-holding-back declaration about my burned-out condition and began to warn me, not for the first time, about how I needed to find time for rest and restoration in order to keep going.
I was sitting with a friend just yesterday and mentioned that my I-phone was running out of battery before morning turned to afternoon each day.
“Maybe you need to close some apps” was her advice.
“YES! I always forget to do that”. Sure enough, upon checking, every App on my “smart” phone was open and ready to respond at my slightest command.
Suddenly, I had an aha moment. I couldn’t help but think about how we sometimes let our lives get in the same condition.
TOO MANY APPS running open in our heads at once. Right?!! Before we know it, we are running slow or even shutting down completely.
REST and RESTORATION are not options in God’s eyes.
Sometimes when we are feeling listless, just plain tired or have lost our enthusiasm for our calling, it is simply a whisper from The Holy Spirit that it is time to “close some apps”.
How about you my friend, can you relate, is it time take a break? Maybe to claim a hammock or a rocking chair somewhere?
Tell me will you, what are your “I NEED REST” trigger points?
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