Today is the last day of 2019, and the last day of a decade.
Due to tonight being a night where bedtimes are drastically stretched, Mister and I are attempting to get both Munchkin and Little Miss to nap. Key words there are ‘attempting’ and ‘nap’. So far we are 0-2 because neither kiddo wants to rest when there are fun things to do and play with from Christmas and just in their rooms in general.
Even our house pony isn’t settling down to his typical afternoon siesta, probably cause there’s too much going on outside of his typical domain this afternoon with kiddos being on Christmas break and all.
Sometimes the silence of a sleeping house (or attempted sleeping in our case), can be restful. Often I relish the restful and try to do something for myself in those slivers of silence. Blogging is one way I do that, but I am also aiming to delve deeper into what God has in store for me in 2020 in a big way, so I’m going to have to learn to balance those silences better (balance and follow through aren’t a strong point for me, but that’s another blog post).
This past Sunday our church had a different kind of church service and shared the message through social media versus us all congregating in the actual building. It gave the staff and volunteers time to rest and spend it directly with their families. It was a weird feeling not going through the motions to get to church on time and in our Sunday best, but the overall message was one of rest. It was a welcomed change, and one I think should happen every once in a while as a reminder to us that God wants us to do exactly that, rest.
As a parent, I feel that there are some days where I am constantly on the go from one thing than another over and over. I finish those sorts of days exhausted and ready to rest. Usually the following day is lower-key and not nearly as busy. Sometimes by scheduling in nothing on my calendar, and other times because I choose to not do things. It seems counterproductive to not be always busy, always doing something and hardly home, but it actually is something God wants us to obey; He commanded it and we need to abide in it.
He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.Mark 6:31 HCSB (emphasis added)
As we wrap up 2019 and look forward to what a new month, a new year and a new decade have in store for us, don’t forget to take time to rest and seek God. He has plans for us that He’s just waiting to share with us, but those plans aren’t going to happen just by happenstance. We have to strive to do what He is calling us to do. In order to do that we need to rest, seek Him out and abide in what He is calling us to do. I will be right alongside you in this journey and hope we all can grow in Christ in 2020.