Spring Break is coming up here at my college. I will be spending the next week catching up on sleep and generally resting, with a slower and more leisurely pace of study than I usually am subjected to.
The human soul is a funny thing. It can function under extreme pressure for long periods of time without breaking, and it is capable of healing itself from wounds that would kill a bear. But all things have their breaking point.
It is necessary to take a rest sometimes.
God mandated the Sabbath for a reason; men need rest from their labor, and quiet to contemplate. We need time to reflect on where we have been and where we are going. We need time to remember what God has done for us. We need to ask ourselves the hard questions about whether or not we are growing towards the image of the invisible God we carry within us.
Silence requires time; it cannot be done quickly. We need a resting time to turn off the music, the noise of our daily life, all of the things that make it easy to ignore the gnawings in the dark corners of our souls. We need time to be alone with ourselves and God.
We need time to remember that this world is not our home. We need rest to remember that our ultimate rest is not her, but in heaven.
For these reasons, next week I will take the time to rest and reflect. I will not fill every moment. I will shut my computer and turn off my notifications and just think for a while. Because honestly, my life has been fraught with change the past year, and those changes need a time to settle.