REST according to Websters is:
1) peace, refreshment as produced by sleep
2) a period of inactivity after work or exertion
3) relief from things annoying, or distressing . . .
. . . . . . and several other definitions with the last one being:
8) a device for supporting something, as a foot rest
I am making progress in my period of rest, (although some might feel that is an oxymoron.) I feel like this time is "supporting" me in my future endeavors. It is helping me separate the wheat kernel from its chaff. As I said previously in this post, I have made a couple of decisions, one of them regarding my spiritual life. Although this decision is a private one, I can tell you how this Sabbatical rest is supporting me spiritually. I am learning:
1) Rest is a discipline. A basic need of all, both the rest and discipline.
"Rest empowers you to become God-conscious, where He is the focus, He has the pre-eminence in all . . . We need that spiritual discipline."
2) I am learning to live in rest.
One of Graham Cooke's associates said:
Rest was "to step back, refresh and take a breath. Stepping back into stillness, into our secret place for a few hours or even a few days will allow us to realign and hear His voice."
I am realigning and I have heard some new direction. I have heard and I will again, in my rest.
3) I am kept away from a satisfied life without rest.
Another of my mentors, Richard J. Foster, has written a book called Celebration of Discipline. In it he talks about solitude. (BTW, you can be mentored by people you never met thru their literature.)
Our adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry and crowds. If he can keep us engaged in "muchness" and manyness," he will be satisfied.