(Today, I make my way home from the Dominican Republic. I’d appreciate your prayers:
- 10:00am (ET) – Bus from Jarabacoa to Santo Domingo
- 12:30pm (ET) – Ride from a Journey pastor here to the airport
- 4:15pm (ET) – Flight to Panama City, Panama.
- 7:00pm (CT) – Flight to LAX
- 12:00am (PT) – Land LAX, clear customs, my son Sean drives me home. Whew!)
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“…today many of us have been conditioned by efficiency that such times [of just sitting on the porch] feel unproductive, irresponsible, lazy, even selfish. We know we need rest, but we can no longer see the value of rest as an end in itself; it is only worthwhile if it helps us recharge our batteries so we can be even more efficient in the next period of productivity.” (Gerald May. The Awakened Heart. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991, p. 94-95.)
In his insightful book, The Awakened Heart, Gerald May exposes our inability to enter fully into times of just being with God, let alone with others, or even with our own thoughts, feelings and God-given desires. Is my experience of rest utilitarian (“recharging my batteries”), or can I see it as a grace-gift of God to me, an invitation to enter into His own rest, His own presence. Can I receive days or moments of rest as days full of meaning, rather than resisting them as days empty of productivity?
This has captured my thoughts lately. And I still struggle with my hyper-efficiency orientation. I struggle to simply receive the gift of a Sabbath day, or a few moments of break. Some engine still revs in me even during these moments. What about you? What has been your experience with “entering into rest”?