Rest. Quiet. Relaxed. Tranquil. Unhurried. These are terms that you do not hear much in these days in which we live. But, quite often you sure hear the following:
- Life has just been crazy busy!
- I didn’t have time . . . .
- I just can’t keep up.
- Hurry up! We’ve got to grab a burger for supper so we can get to your sister’s cheerleading practice and then take you to your soccer game and get home in time for youto get your homework finished.
- If I just had more hours in the day!
- It has been crazy busy around here today at work! (The new buzz word.)
- Your Dad won’t be home until Friday. He’s got a busy week out on the west coast.
I love the quote from Tim Challies in his review of the book, Crazy Busy. He says, “Busyness is a funny thing. We have a love/hate relationship with it, so that when we are not boasting in it we are apologizing for it, and when we are not overwhelmed by it we are wanting more of it. We hate what busyness does to us, how it keeps us from friends and families and how it skews our priorities. On the other hand, we love that it validates us, as if the fact that we are busy someone proves our significance.”
Having just completed a 31-day sabbatical, the term crazy busy, when heard, shouts out to me like a frustrated football coach on the sidelines! Hence, I have a few observations.
- We all have the same amount of time every day. So that does away with, “I wish I had more time.” If we were given more time, we would still need more time.
- What we do with our time, which is a gift from the Lord, is a personal, daily, throughout the day, decision.
- God designed our bodies to have a sabbath, a time of rest (Genesis 1-2).
- We are commanded to redeem the time (Ephesians 5:16), and this is every day of our existence.
- The Lord invites the weary and worn-out to come to Him for rest (Matthew 11:28-30).
So, where do we begin in dealing with this critical issue of life? How do we move away from being crazy busy! At the start of everything, we need to take Genesis 1:1 to heart, In the beginning, God . . . . At every beginning, all day long, we must begin with God. Therefore, I would suggest that you understand that each day must begin with God, the Giver of life, breath, mental capabilities, time, strength . . . everything! You must begin your day sitting at the feet of Jesus, Who is life (John 14:6). And then, though out your day, as Brother Andrew said, “Practice the presence of God” by consciously thinking on Him and praying for wisdom at the many “beginnings” of your day. Listen closely. The Holy Spirit will bring Scripture to mind and speak in the still small voice. Sometimes, He doesn’t need to say anything because you already know the answer. Just obey and rest in Him.
Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed (Mark 1:35).
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).
That doesn’t sound like crazy busy, does it?