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Dr. Sheri Brandt-Dean, Missouri Baptist University

Hurry Up and Rest

“Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.” Exodus 34:21
We’re heading into that best and worst and busiest season. The holidays. Reportedly about family and togetherness and warmth and love, etc. But often about planning feasts and holiday traffic and school plays and running errands and end-of-semester tests and papers and pressure to make cherished memories and pumpkin spice everything.
Whew. There is a ton of research on how our brains and our bodies are wired to need rest. In a world wherein we see a lot of disagreement on all kinds of issues, this is one where there seems to be broad consensus. This holiday season, we want to encourage you to find snatches of time to rest. To step back. Take a break. Even in the busyness of your particular version of harvest time, don’t forget to look for those moments in your day to breathe in and breathe out. Enjoy them. Guilt-free.
Sometimes we think we’ll get more done if we don’t take time to stop. The opposite is true. We get burned out. Stressed out. Blocked. We are designed to go. But we’re also designed to stop. Sometimes it takes being intentional—asking God to quiet the cacophony of reminders and todo lists our mind has become. To adjust our focus.
At MBU Troy/Wentzville, we’re wishing you a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving.
“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:5b-7