Summary: Our part in receiving God’s promised Rest
Have you ever just had one of those days or weeks where everything seems to be falling apart around us or the pace of life seems overwhelming and we’re not sure how much more we can handle?
A while back, I found a newspaper article online from Tacoma, Washington. It was the story of a Bassett Hound named Tattoo. Tattoo was not a big fan of exercise and didn’t intend to go for an evening run, but when his owner shut the dog’s leash in the car door and took off for a drive – with Tattoo still outside the vehicle, he had no choice. A motorcycle officer noticed the passing vehicle with something dragging behind it. He commented that the poor basset hound with it’s short little legs was, “picking them up and putting them down as fast as he could.” He chased the car to a stop, and Tattoo was rescued. The dog had reached a top speed of 25 miles per hour, falling down and rolling over several times but survived and was unharmed.
When we have one of those days, or weeks, or months, or for some of us it’s the only lifestyle we know, we’re a lot like Tattoo, our legs just don’t seem to be long enough and we’re picking them up and putting them down as fast as we can as we try to keep up with life– falling every once in a while and rolling around & feeling as if we’re being dragged along.
Maybe it’s the pressures of your job, early mornings and late nights have become the rule instead of the exception. Your workload is like digging a hole in the sand, no matter how much you take out, there’s always more that pours back in. We probably could handle just that, but on top of job stress and responsibilities, there’s more. We face financial pressures, mortgages, college bills, retirement planning and savings. There are family responsibilities too, you are expected to be a good husband or a good wife. Marriages need to be worked at and that takes time and energy. If you have kids in the house you are expected to parent them to the best of your ability as well to ensure that they have everything that they need and that they turn out alright so that people won’t think that somehow you messed them up! That’s a lot of pressure. We’re expected to involve them in everything that we can so that they are well rounded and to cart them here and there as their busy schedules demand. Sports, school activities, brownies, boy scouts, play dates, all of these are good things but boy can they take a lot out of you as a parent and as a family.
We have a lot going on in our lives, our day planners are jam packed with people to meet, places to go and things to do and to get done.
Time magazine noted that back in the 60’s, that expert testimony was given to a Senate sub-committee on time management. They predicted that advances in technology would radically change how many hours a week people worked. They forecasted that the average American would be working 22 hours a week within 20 years. “The great challenge,” the experts said, “would be figuring out what to do with all the excess time.” Over 40 years later, after major advances in technology – how many of us are wondering what to do with all the excess time on our hands?