(Icon of the Transfiguration by Theophanes 15th Century)
I awoke yesterday morning with a splitting headache and feeling really groggy. The past few days had been very busy and I was feeling quite jaded. There was nothing else for it, I awarded myself a duvet day!
Just so you are clear, it was my day off, I was not skiving. Also, for clarities sake, I did not lounge around wrapped in a duvet wearing my PJ’s for the day. I did, however, take the opportunity to “veg out” and catch up on some TV programs I had recorded. I drank lots of tea and enjoyed some treats in front of the telly!
Sometimes, we all need a bit of a duvet day. A time when we rest both our mind and our body. Do nothing. I felt much better as a result. I returned to work this morning and was able to tackle a large part of my to-do list. Had I not had my duvet day yesterday, I doubt I would have been able to do it.
The Bible sets a pattern of work and rest, that is partly what Sabbath is about. When we have a Sabbath we cease from activity and rest so that we can worship God fully. Many of us work, in order to rest. Or we rest, in order to work.
I began to think about this slightly differently this morning as I turned to my time with God. The passage, if you would like to read it, was Luke 9 vs. 28 – 36. The story of the Transfiguration when the splendour of God is seen by His disciples shining through Jesus. Those disciples began to see Jesus differently. It was verse 32 that caught my attention;
Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.
(Luke 9 vs. 32 – NRSV)
I felt that God was speaking to me about this way in which I, so often, sleep walk through life. I am so weighed down with all that I have to do, so focussed, that I can miss His splendour and glory shining through. What if my rest was not so that I can work but, so that I can be fully awake?
What if your rest was not so that you can work but, so that you can be fully awake?
Think about it. How often do you go through routines and patterns of life without even thinking about what you are doing? I know I am guilty of that. When I am not fully awake, am I missing the things God wants me to see, or the things God wants to say to me?
Why not ask God to help you rest so that you can be fully awake? What do you see that is different now, to what you saw before?