Rest: The Antidote to Craving

Today I want to piggyback on what I shared in my Five Minute Friday post last week:

“And only those who believe in and live out the theology of enough can live out Sabbath rest.

The rest who don’t believe God will give enough bread, they have to hustle every day of their lives.

Those who can’t rest in the rest of God, who can’t rest in the mystery of abundance, live Pharaoh-like lives, Pharaoh who never took a day off, who kept striving to get more and more and they never slow down because they are duped by the lie of scarcity that they won’t ever have enough and God alone is never enough.

There is none like God — and He needs none of our relentless hustle.” (Ann Voskamp – “You’ll need this when…”)

This quote ties into what I decided to do for Lent this year. Now that Easter is less than a week away it might be time to reflect on how that went.  As I shared in a previous post, I decided to give up adding items to my Google calendar for Lent.  So, how did it go?  Has trying to be intentional about this for 40 days created a new habit in my life? Yes and no.

I will agree that I was fairly successful about keeping new items off of my calendar but I was also moving and unpacking during this time.  Partly because of this I didn’t really have the large amount of unstructured “down time” I was hoping to create.

In all this I am reminded of a quote from the book, Sabbath Rest, which I am currently reading. The chapter entitled, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” states this:

“The more hurried and rushed we are, the more we are willing to trade happiness for desire — and, over time, the less we are able to discern the difference between the two…The antidote to craving is rest, we quench our thirst with Sabbath tranquility…In quiet stillness we can identify our genuine needs with more precision, and separate them more easily from our mindless wants and desires.  We can feel the difference between happiness–which is often simple and easy, and inner shift toward appreciation and gratefulness for what is before us–and desire, which is often frantic and relentless, cutting the heart with its sharp and painful demands.”

Why didn’t I experience more rest over these last few weeks?  Instead I was still feeling harried and rushed, still feeling frantic and relentless and I think ultimately trying to create rest by doing–which is counterproductive in the first place.

The quote by Wayne Muller helped a bit to see where it all went wrong.  You see, I was craving the idea of rest instead of simply living into what he calls the concept of “Sabbath tranquility.”  My desire for the very thing I needed caused me to pretty much miss it altogether!  How can I do better?

I turn to God’s Word in all this and find Psalm 62:5-8 which gives me a glimmer of understanding into His path to rest.  May I take these verses to heart–allowing them to soak down deep inside instead of striving to create them through outward circumstances.

“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 salvation and my honor depend on God[a];
    he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
    pour out your hearts to him,
    for God is our refuge.”


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