What does the word rest really mean? Well, I sat down at my computer and “googled” the word rest. Here is what I came up with:
1. Cessation of work, exertion or activity
2. Peace, ease or refreshment resulting from sleep or the cessation of an activity.
3. Sleep or quiet relaxation
4. The repose of death: eternal life
5. Relief or freedom from disquiet or disturbance
6. Mental or emotional tranquility
7. Termination or absence of motion
Wow, the word rest has a lot of different meanings. Out of these seven meanings, which one(s) are what you think of when you think of rest? Why do you think that is so? I would say for me, the meaning that most comes to mind is sleep or quiet relaxation.
I am now in week three of an online bible study, Stressed-less Living. With each new day I am trying to carve out some time of quiet relaxation. A time where I can just sit still and listen to the Lord. I have started to create a “spiritual garden”. This garden is fairly large in size and is located in front of my patio. Currently I have several rocks, with inspirational words on them, scattered throughout the garden. A couple of hostas are planted there and are already starting to bloom. I just love this time of year! I really want this to be my “go to” garden. You know, a place where I can rest in the arms of my Lord. To do that I felt there should be more than just flowers. I am looking into purchasing either a garden fountain or chimes in the garden. I am also going to create a labyrinth out of mosaic tiles and place them on a “stepping stone”. The labyrinth will then be placed in my garden. I will be able to trace it with either my finger or a stick. Do you have a “go to” place? A place where you can connect with the Lord without “outside” distractions? If not, I encourage you to think about what that space may look like for you. If you feel comfortable sharing, I would love to hear your plans.
As my “spiritual garden” develops, I will post some pictures of it. I would love to see your pictures as well. I pray that you have a wonderful weekend. Take time to smell the roses and to hear the voice of God.