Time to Rest

29 Apr

A young woman trudged along a winding path, her shoulders slumped and her steps heavy. She was determined not to stop until she reached her destination, no matter how weary she became.

Soon, she passed an old man resting at the side of the path, but scarcely gave him a glance before continuing on.

“You look tired,” the old man called after her. “Why don’t you sit and rest awhile?”

“I can’t,” she said. “I have a long way to go.”

The woman continued on, and a short time later, she heard footsteps approaching from behind. It was the old man, and he smiled and tipped his hat as he caught up to her.

“Do you hear the birds singing?” he asked. “And isn’t that warm breeze comforting?”

The woman shook her head, realizing she hadn’t noticed the birds singing or given a single thought to the breeze.

“A little rest goes a long way.” The old man gave her a knowing look. “And it makes the journey more enjoyable.”

Every day is a new journey, filled with things to do and places to go, but if we don’t take time to rest every now and then, weariness will set in and we’ll be too tired to enjoy what we might otherwise appreciate.

Take a few minutes to simply be still. God’s goodness is all around us, and we might be surprised at what we’re missing in all our busy-ness.

Are you taking time to rest?

~Marge Wiebe




Posted by on April 29, 2015 in devotion, Marge Wiebe



4 responses to “Time to Rest

  1. Pegg Thomas

    April 29, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Thanks for this timely reminder, Marge. I’m terrible about taking the time to rest. And then when I do, I wonder why it took me so long!


  2. Robin Patchen

    April 29, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Not nearly enough, Marge. A great reminder. Thank you.


  3. jerichakingston

    April 29, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Due to an injury, my husband and I enjoyed the stillness this past Sunday. And it was a beautiful thing. So sad it takes an injury before some of us will slow down! Thank you, Marge.


  4. Kara (@KaraHunt2015)

    April 30, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Not nearly enough, Marge! Thanks for the reminder. Life is way too precious to be continuously wasted on a to-do list!



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