“See ya later,” Karen said her goodbye.
“Okay.” I hit the End button on my iPhone. But nothing changed. The seconds on the call ticked on, as if I hadn’t acted.
I pressed the red bar again, but still, nothing happened. The call would not end. The communication signals were crossed, probably due to heavy activity. Confusion hampered the lines of my phone’s productivity.
There was nothing to do, but to power off my iPhone, and allow it to reset. By interrupting its constant activity, the signals could refresh and the line could clear.
I realized I’m not so different.
By pushing myself through heavy volumes of activity, fatigue causes the signals in my brain to get crossed, and confusion ultimately hampers my productivity. Too much information crowds my ability to think clearly.
At times like these, I need an outside Source to turn off the iPower I’m trying to operate with.
But often it takes a forced shutdown before I listen.
Someone to slow me, to push my power button off, so the signals crowding my mind can refresh.
This is what God does for me. Left to my own efforts, I will continue pushing far past my ability to be effective. But thankfully, my Father comes alongside and starts with gentle nudges, reminders that it’s time to take it easy.
- At first, I may pick up a book that talks about rest. A radio personality may spell out the benefits of quiet time. The Bible passage I’m reading may share the healing power of Sabbath.
- If I choose not to heed His sweet invitations to take a break, he pushes a bit harder. My body begins to ache from built up fatigue. Juggling responsibilities gets challenging, even to the point I might let a commitment fall through the cracks.
- The next stage can drive me to bark at people, when otherwise, I would let things roll off my back. My efforts to deal with problems become harried, frazzled, and sloppy, instead of taking time to follow a process I know works best.
- Finally, I can push myself to illness. I believe I’ve demonstrated a stubborn rebellion many times in the past, and the only way God could get my attention was to force my iPower off. When my body won’t function properly, I feel helpless, out of control, and I have no choice but to submit to His call to rest. Though it frustrates me, it’s always for my healing, and I feel refreshed after a period of dictated bed-rest.
Hebrews 4:9-10 (NIV)
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.
Anita Agers-Brooks is an Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author of First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market.
She’s a member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, client of WordServe Literary Group, graduate of CLASS for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.