Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:1-2)

I'm going to tell you something you already know: You’re probably too busy. If you’re like most of us, you have filled up your days with to-lists, places you need to go, people you need to engage with, and projects that need to be done.

So, my question to you is: do you take time to rest?

I like to sit down with a book or a tv show when I have few minutes to relax. But that’s not really resting. I’ll go on Facebook and see what everyone’s up to, but that’s not really resting. I will have a conversation with a friend or family member. That might be closer, but it’s still not really resting. I might even take a nap. But, that’s still not a biblical rest.

Last month, I took on a big project with a specific goal. I spent a lot of time working toward that goal. To add this project to an already-full schedule took sacrifice of other things. Rest, real rest, God’s rest, should never be one of them. I admit that my quiet times with God got shorter--and some days were non-existent during that time. That was never a part of my goal, but I let it happen.

True rest for me means being humble enough to say that my schedule and goals can be put aside for a minute, so I can use my time just being quiet in God’s presence. This gives Him the chance to speak and gives me the opportunity to listen. Spend time resting in Him today. You’ll be glad you did.


Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.