Justus slept 9 hours last night! If you are a parent, then you know how great that is on so many levels. Let’s be honest, it’s great for the parents because we get some sleep ☺! But for Justus it’s such a positive thing. First on the deficit side of things, sleep is so important for our body to heal, to get over a cold, and to ward off any other crud that might come his way. But then on the upside, every athlete knows you can train harder, get stronger, and perform better with sleep. So all around it is such a good thing for him to be able to get a full night sleep. He’s working so hard in therapy his body and his brain need an opportunity to rest. That’s the way God created us.
But of course, it has a very direct spiritual application. Spiritually speaking God never intended for us to go, go, go, go. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been guilty at one time or another of trying so hard to do things for God that you forget to just be with God. There is a very clear biblical principle… God isn’t impressed with our sacrifice. He wants our heart. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t serve. I believe we’re all called to be servant leaders. But, and especially in our crazy US culture, it’s easy to get caught up serving on every ministry team that comes along, after all it’s for the Lord. Unfortunately, we sometimes do it at the demise of our first responsibilities, our spouse and our kids.
Equally troublesome though, is we rarely (and I’m speaking for myself here) take adequate time to rest in the Lord. When was the last time you took a day… heck when was the last time you took a morning, to just meditate on God’s word… to bask in His presence… to spend time in prayer. Again, I’m talking to myself. We get so busy, like Justus doing all of his PT/OT/ST… who has time for rest? And yet, physically if we never rest, it will catch up to us. So it is spiritually. If all we do is go, go, go, go… we’ll look really great to everyone watching… right up to the point we flame out. Yesterday we talked about our need for spiritual food … spiritual rest is equally important.
So take some time this coming week to rest in the Lord, to wait upon the Lord and let Him renew your strength. It doesn’t have to be an entire day or even an entire morning. For me, those mornings I do get up extra early and spend time resting in the Lord; they tend to be my most productive and peaceful days. Which begs the question, “Why don’t I do that more often?” I think it was Martin Luther King Jr. who was quoted as saying, “I have so much to do today that I’m going to need to spend three hours in prayer in order to be able to get it all done.” Don’t let busyness force out the most important relationship you have. Like Psalm 37 says, rest in the Lord…
The picture, as you can see, is super encouraging for#TeamJustus. He continues to get stronger and stronger. Keep praying and by the way, I apologize… it’s been crazy trying to get caught up. We’ll have the #TeamJustus prayer page updated tomorrow, and then we’ll keep it updated. I want it to be an easy way to get a prayer list. Remember, let the Lord lead you in what to pray for. Don’t feel like you have to pray for everyone of them, but maybe you’ll want to. Just have a conversation with your friend… who happens to be Sovereign over everything! He already knows what you are going to pray. You aren’t informing Him of something new… He just wants to hear from you. So pray! Rest in the Lord… and pray.