Peace family, do you ever feel like you have to be “on” all the time? Do you need a reminder that sometimes even nature needs a break?
Every year I look forward to the blooming of the daffodils in my yard. With the cold winter we had, I was expecting great things this spring! However, none of my daffodils bloomed, not even one. Now that the summer is almost here, the stalk heads have withered and turned yellow, and I know that that means that the daffodils are turning dormant for the rest of the year.
I was talking to my mom about it, and wondering what went wrong. She really encouraged me by informing me that this isn’t wrong, it’s normal for bulb plants; sometimes, they just take a rest for a season, gathering nutrients, and they come back even better the next year.
Peace family, if even plants rest, why don’t we? We so often feel like we are only as valuable as we are productive, but remembering that even my daffodils need time to rest really encourages me. God made us with a need to rest, and a need to depend on him when it is not physically possible for us to appear productive. I don’t mean superficial rest that is not restorative, like doing things that are totally self-gratifying such eating a tub of ice cream or staying up all night watching Netflix. I mean leaning back into the rest and peace that God offers us as we give our burdens to him, real, deep sleep, and even engaging in activities that inspire and renew our spirits, hope and trust in the Lord.
We don’t have to be “on” or in bloom all the time. Sometimes, we might not even appear to be productive even while God is doing something very important, preparatory, and powerful in our lives under the surface. If you find yourself struggling to be “on,” maybe it’s time right now to release your burdens to the Lord and rest in him, trusting that he is working.