You were providentially stopped from your busyness so you can be less busy, not busier. Very few people on earth understand this because they shun resting or relaxation. They love to dive headlong into an ocean of hard work everyday of their lives. And when they get seriously ill and recover, they think the second chance given them is so they could work harder the second time around.
“I was given a second chance because God wants me to do more for him,” is how they often put it. So after recovering from illness, they work more like crazy. We have this tacit understanding of life—that its only real meaning is to get tired achieving things. We don’t feel productive and accomplished unless we get exhausted doing something. We fear relaxation and rest. We fear being “idle.” We fear taking a break a long time because we say “time is gold.”
Time is Gold?
Nope. time isn’t gold. Health is. More so life. Time, if wrongly understood, can be a cruel master. It can be a deadly trap if you think time is more important than health and life. Instead, we have to see how time is servant to health and life. I’ve seen lots of people sacrifice their health and life to serve time. Time dictates their priorities, lifestyles, what they can do, what and how they can eat, and where they can go. It’s sad having time as master all your life.
Some doors of opportunity close because better opportunities are on the way. But some doors are closed and re-opened so you can correct your life direction. And most times, they are closed and re-opened so you can relax and rest this time around. I’ve seen folks work so hard and stress themselves to the max. After getting seriously sick and hospitalized, they somehow make a conclusion that God gave them a second chance so they can work some more.
Rest is the Priority
I used to think that life was about achievements. But then as I learned more about life through the years, I saw how it was really about resting. I saw it in the bible.
Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. [Hebrews 4]
You see that? Be careful not to fall short of God’s rest.
I remember the sisters Mary and Martha. When Jesus visited them, Martha preferred to be “busy serving the Lord” while Mary simply relaxed, listening to Jesus at his feet. Martha complained about Mary’s “idleness.” She even told the Lord to “Tell her to help me!”
But this was what Jesus told her: “Martha, Martha! You are worried and upset about many things. But few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” [Luke 10].
What was the one thing needed? ANSWER: Rest. Or, resting in God, to be precise.
Often, when we get too busy and start becoming slaves to time, God stops us so we can re-direct our lives. And God’s priority for us is to rest in him. It’s not idleness or dormancy. It’s limiting your activities to things that really matter in life, and especially to God. God wants us to be less busy with things that only the world appreciates and to rest in doing his will alone.