‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’
Most of us know the verse, few of us actually live it out.
The last few months of student life have been SO full on, work and social life is a bit of a balancing act (I’m going to be really honest- work is definitely winning right now). Days are pretty full, and while I feel I’m resting in Jesus to get me through this season on His strength, I realised I haven’t actually rested.
I’m learning that sitting and scrolling through Pinterest before bedtime isn’t rest. Neither is going for coffee with a friend, or popping to the shops. These activities may be relaxing but they won’t recharge you. It’s possible that you can be doing nice things, that you enjoy, and yet still feel tired.
I was praying for more energy and I heard a whisper- SIT STILL. (It may have been a whisper but it hit me so hard I feel capital letters are necessary).
I’d been so busy trying to find ways to rest, that I’d neglected the most obvious. Just sitting.
‘come with me, by yourselves’
Whilst I am a huge lover of community and friendships can certainly refresh you, there is nothing like being in God’s presence, alone. Jesus is inviting you to spend time with Him. How often do you accept that offer?True rest is intentional, it’s a decision to set aside time to be on your own. This can be pretty tricky as a student. I spend my life surrounded by others, especially as a drama student because so much of my course is collaborative.
‘to a quiet place’
There are distractions everywhere. You’re reading this on a screen, I’m sure you have multiple others in the room with you too. There’s nothing like turning your phone off for half an hour and simply relaxing in God’s presence. This is something I struggle with, so often my eyes flick from my bible to Instagram but I’ve been challenging myself and now I challenge you. Turn it off, put it out of sight. I promise the notifications can wait for 30 minutes.
‘and get some rest’
When Jesus talks about rest I don’t think he’s talking about physical rest, whilst so many of my friends swear by a good nap (all the students said Amen), or emotional or mental rest. I think He’s talking about spiritual tiredness. He wants our bodies to be healthy and active, of course, but more so I think He wants our souls to be rested. The truest, most authentic rest comes from the peace found in Jesus Christ.
I’m convinced that even the most extroverted among us need some time on their own. Socialising is good for us, but if you spend your entire time with others you won’t have the opportunity to think, reflect and process life and I feel like I need that time more than ever because there’s so much life to process right now. So why not take a minute to just sit, breathe, process and rest.
Look after yourselves,