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Why Rest?

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God – Hebrews 4:9

According to a Greek legend, in ancient Athens a man noticed the great storyteller Aesop playing childish games with some little boys. He laughed and jeered at Aesop, asking him why he wasted his time in such frivolous activity. Aesop responded by picking up a bow, loosening its string, and placing it on the ground. Then he said to the critical Athenian, "Now, answer the riddle, if you can. Tell us what the unstrung bow implies."

The man looked at it for several moments but had no idea what point Aesop was trying to make. Aesop explained, "If you keep a bow always bent, it will break eventually; but if you let it go slack, it will be more fit for use when you want it." (Borrowed from Sermon Illustrations- Our Daily Bread, June 6, 1994)

The great Leonardo Da Vinci wrote, “Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer, since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment...Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller, and more of it can be taken in at a glance, and lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen." These are the words of Leonardo da Vinci, and no idler he; he excelled as a painter, sculptor, poet, architect, engineer, city planner, scientist, inventor, anatomist, military genius, and philosopher.”

Journeying through life is laborious and can become tedious if we do not know how to rest. Rest rejuvenates and keeps us from growing stale. We go on vacations yet our minds can be constantly occupied and anxious. We are not only promised rest after we faithfully labor here on earth but also as we traverse here on earth. Let us learn to nurture an attitude of resting and releasing into the hands of God issues He is better equipped to deal with.    

Contributed by Paul V. Kumar

Copyright 2008. Gate City Church Ministries of Nashua.