Tired of Feeling Tired: Let’s Explore Rest

What is your spring break goal?

Maybe it is rest.

But, maybe you are like me, and you struggle to find true rest.

I am convinced that rest is less about the activity (or lack of activity) we engage in and more about the state of our mind.

Maybe you have experienced one of these scenarios:

Scenario 1: You go on vacation. While you love vacation, you cram so much into your week that you feel like you need a vacation from your vacation!

Scenario 2: You decide to do nothing on your vacation. By the end of your vacation, you are more tired than when you started, and you feel a bit sloth-like because of your laziness.

Scenario 3: You find the bliss of rest, but as soon as you walk back into real life, the feeling is gone. That first stressful comment/situation erases all the benefits of the rest you just experienced.

I have certainly experienced each of these. 

Last week, I had an out-of-town trip for work at another school. I cannot tell you how much I loved the work. Though I was busy and probably got less sleep than typical, I came home feeling “rested.” It was so interesting. I was so busy, and yet, I felt so renewed. 

So if I was so busy, why did I come home feeling so rested? I even had a co-worker comment on how I looked “refreshed”.

Here is what I am wondering:

1 – When I feel exhausted (regardless of the amount of sleep), am I engaged in the right activities?

Think about that with me. Consider scenario 2 above. Why does an 8-hour Netflix binge wear us out? Why does an extra long nap in the middle of the day make us feel worse when we wake up? 

But, when you engage in activities you know the Lord has called you to, do you ever feel more energized? How can being busy actually be more energizing? 

I wonder if being intentional in seeking activities the Lord has called me to makes all the difference. 

2 – When I feel exhausted, have I run ahead of the Lord?

I ask this question knowing my answer in an emphatic “yes.” I live my life like scenario 1 so often. By the time I get to the weekend, I just want to spend all day on the couch recuperating from an over-packed, over-scheduled, over-committed week. 

I love reading the Gospels. As Jesus interacts with people, I never get a sense of hurry. One of my favorite examples is in Mark 5. Jesus is on his way to heal Jairus’ daughter. Crowds are everywhere. I am sure Jairus wants to rush Jesus to his house. Yet, as I read the account, I sense that Jesus is just walking, strolling along. He even stops for a moment to heal a woman. Despite the rush and pace of everyone around him, Jesus seems to maintain an unhurried approach. He sees people, and he moves through his day at what seems like a steady pace. 

I wonder if a steady pace is the secret to healthier rhythms of rest.

3 – When I feel exhausted, have I allowed others to impact my emotions and feelings?

I know this one is a huge “yes” as well. Considering scenario 3 above, I know that I allow others’ struggles to impact my EQ. I work with people. I love them. I don’t want them to hurt. And somehow, I internalize their hurt. I absorb their hurt. I absorb their chaos and find myself in a state of unrest.

This one is tricky (well, it’s tricky for me anyway). Balancing my ability to be empathetic without completely carrying another’s load is difficult. I have a friend who used to tell me that we are called to “bear one another’s burdens, but we are not called to carry one another’s loads.”

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.

Galatians 6:1-5, ESV

(So much goodness in these words from Paul. Maybe I need to dive deeper in a future blog post. Let me know if that would be helpful for you!)

I wonder how often I go from trying to bear alongside others to picking up their load myself. 

A Gift: The Goodness of Scripture

Being intentional, maintaining steady rhythms, and knowing our limitations sounds like a simple recipe for finding rest. Why are simple things so hard sometimes?  

When I remember the goodness of scripture, I do so much better with rhythms of rest. As a gift to you, I have created a spring break journal. Scripture is where we can find rest and refreshment. Regardless of your activities during spring break, consider joining me in using scripture to find the rest you are looking for. Let us see if our soaking in scripture will help our refreshment last as we end spring break and dive back into the hectic world where we live. 

As we dive back into busy schedules and daily demands, may we also pray for one another to develop intentional habits and well-paced rhythms.

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