Willie Nelson’s Grammy nominated country hit “On the Road Again” embodies the allure of life on the road – “making music with my friends … goin’ places that I’ve never been, seein’ things that I may never see again.” That fella just can’t wait to get on the road again.
I can wait.
Maybe it’s because I’m not a touring musician, but I’m currently a little weary from being on the road again. And again. And again. I’m writing this while in the backseat of a car headed to a family funeral in Georgia. I was in Florida for less than twenty four hours earlier this week. Sarah and I have been back and forth to Wilmington as we draw closer to the wedding. Our honeymoon is going to be part road trip.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m very much looking forward to driving down the Pacific Coast Highway with Sarah as my wife in less than two months. I am thankful for these pre-wedding trips. I am glad that I am able to see my family when we travel. I do enjoy seeing new things and going to new places. I’m just tired of being busy and tired.
Yeah, I get it: that’s life.
But God also desires for you to find rest. Nightly rest. Sabbath rest. Sanctifying rest.
We all know that God rested after so perfectly and marvelously creating all things. Throughout the Bible, He made a big deal about keeping the Sabbath holy. Our bodies were created to be dependent on a good night’s sleep. We’re more kind and compassionate towards others when we are well rested. There’s a lot more that I could say, scripture passages I could quote, and science that I could research. Instead, I’m simply going to rest. I encourage you to do the same.