By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
You know that I don’t always “rest” well. I can always find something to put my hands to. Some busy work…that I convince myself is actually important. And so I move from one thing to another, not always allowing myself to sit for a time in the beauty of the completion of work I have already done. Days and weeks and years of that mentality takes a toll on my heart and my body. I need that “rest” in more ways than one. But today as I read these words I am struck by your example of rest. You didn’t rest because you were worn, but you rested in the satisfaction and joy of seeing your greatest creation come to completion. It often seems that I am striving for more…but in that moment you saw perfection in your creation and noted that it was good! Help me to see my life with your eyes; to view the work of my hands as good and to be content to rest in that regularly. Help me to set aside time in holy worship to you as I recognize the work you are doing in me and through me with great joy. Amen.