Just today the last of 26 international visitors left Rwanda, their visit covering a span of three weeks. We’ve had a great time celebrating with them—25 years of the Rwandan Friends Church. There were lots of activities, and now we are tired and need rest. Rest. I find that sometimes the excitement and urgency of ministry can cause me to want to ignore the need for rest. But it seems to me that in God’s eyes rest is part of the work he gives us to do.
Our need to accomplish things—to keep busy, to be involved in ministry that makes a difference—needs to be balanced with our need to just quietly be with God. Our culture encourages busyness; it makes us feel important, worthwhile. Often I sense that God just wants me to sit down, look at him, and talk to him for a while. Or even just to listen to the birds and the breeze in the trees with him.
To truly rest I have to lay down my need for busyness, my fear that I’ll miss something important, that vital work will go undone. In resting I’m forced to realize that I’m not as indispensable as I thought. God goes on working through others, life goes on, and even if I do miss important events because I’m resting with God, no one seems to mind too much. Truth be told, it’s his work, and I need to remember that and take time to rest.
Contributed by Debby Thomas, Rwanda, Africa