I love sleeping. Most days, I can nod off with ease and enjoy good chunks of deep and uninterrupted sleep. While stress may cause insomnia for some, my body reacts to pressure by shutting down. Sleep is my superpower, and yet over the years I have learned that no amount of shut eye is capable of curing the restlessness in my soul and heart.
The thing is, if I’m not sleeping, I’m busy. My calendar is bursting with deadlines and to-do’s. I say “yes” too quickly and too often. I struggle to be still, and to focus on one thing. In a culture that glorifies performance and output, busyness is addictive, and yet it makes for a terrible god because its demands are endless.
Why is it that my plate is so full, and yet I’m still wondering if I’m doing enough?
Why is it that I try so hard to be useful and helpful, and yet still feel like I’ll never be enough?
Despite living in such a prosperous country, why are so many of us trapped in workaholism because we feel like we’ll never have enough?
In the words of Dallas Willard, “hurry is the great enemy of the spiritual life”, so why is it such a pervasive part of the human condition, including professing Christians? At the recent OneLove women’s conference, Kara Martin challenged me to consider why I struggle with “hurry sickness” and why slowing down in isolation has caused me to feel uncomfortable, guilty and fearful.
I can identify 7 reasons for why this is so:
In a year where my work plans have been uprooted and every earthly security challenged, I have found myself at the mercy of my Maker and relearning what it means to find true rest in Christ. With my schedules cleared of normal routines, I have been forced to redefine productivity and to see that time resting in Christ’s presence, is never a waste.
Here are 8 ways that coming to Christ has granted rest for my soul:
Take a moment to pause and to hear Christ’s invitation:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:28-29
Originally published by Heidi Tai on August 27, 2020. Republished with permission.
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