I Was Looking For Rest In All The Wrong Places

I was a train wreck. I was a full-time grad student, a Resident Assistant at my dorm, working a part-time job, serving at my church, and spending time with friends any chance I could.

I was a workaholic, but I couldn’t stop.

I checked my email multiple times an hour. I had my phone with me 24/7, even when I was on vacation. And, I stayed up until all hours of the night hanging out with the girls in my hall or catching up on homework.

God finally spoke to me about the state of my soul and what I was doing to myself. I told my Resident Director I was exhausted and I couldn’t do it anymore.

I was beyond empty.

I will never forget her honest, yet loving response: “Laura, you are burnt out because you don’t know how to rest and you’re attempting to find rest in the wrong places.” She was right.

I was trying to find rest in doing, watching TV, and connecting with friends. These were not working because they were not God.

Psalm 62:5-6 says,“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

My soul gets true rest when it is with Him.

One of the things I love most about summer is how life slows down. The slowness allows me to have extended time to be still.

I connect with God when walking on the trail, sitting outside, reading my Bible, listening to music, dreaming, journaling, and sometimes even taking a nap. This is the gift of summertime.

Rest is not a cookie cutter sort of thing. It comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes because God can meet us anywhere. If my soul is able to connect with God in watching a baseball game, then sitting in those bleachers is a place of rest for me.

Where does your soul find rest? How can you incorporate more of those things into your life regardless of the season?

Laura Smith serves at 95.1 SHINE-FM as Project Manager.