I am grateful for the peace that comes after completing a task. It is a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. This feeling, however, only comes after staying focused and completing my work. There is real rest we enter that not just brings rest to our bodies, but also peace in our minds.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested.
See, there is a rest you can enter after you have completed a task you have started. You can enter this type of rest, that not only gives you physical rest, but also rest in your mind. Have you noticed the when you don’t finish what you started, it is in your mind? It is what you think about. It can be overwhelming and can cause anxiety. I’ve had days like that. I know I have things I need to do through my day, but I can get distracted and not finish any of them. I’m left just thinking of all those thins at the end of the day. It can overwhelm me and steal my peace. I’ve learned that what helps me is to make a list of the things I want to get done every week. Then I break that list into daily lists. I’ll then assign a list to a day in my week. I stick to this small list and get it done. Doing things in an orderly fashion helps complete them and that brings peace. When I do not do a list, it is hard for me to stay focused. I jump from thing to thing without completing a thing. Let me tell you, that is a recipe for a stressful day. Nope! I do not like those days! I will stick to my lists, planning, and focus. This will allow me to complete my work and enter into rest at the end of my day. A type of rest that brings peace to my body and mind and refreshes me for another day.
It is a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, but on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.