Rest is apparently so very important that God Himself, leading by example rested on the seventh day after the six days of creation. But He didn't just stop there. He took it further by giving Moses the Ten Commandments where we find the fourth of ten commands declaring that we too must have a day of rest. Of course its not all about relaxing and refraining from labor. It also has a worship element to it as God declares that we keep this time of rest holy.
Upon Christ's arrival and the New Covenant birth we now find that Christ IS our Sabbath Rest. He is the fulfillment of Law and as Paul writes:
5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord.
In other words our freedom in Christ now allows for us to consider everyday an opportunity to rest in Him and give Him worship or we can also reserve a special day/time. Which ever option a person elects, they need to be convinced and dedicated to the purpose behind it. I fall into the category of considering each day an opportunity to rest in Him but actual relaxation-rest is a rarity for me and many modern-day folk. The speed of life and the demands of our responsibilities often render the idea of taking "time off "to be a very foreign one.
But me and mine are going to try and do just that. This weekend we travel to San Antonio with a brief stop in Austin to visit family. I almost don't care at all what we actually do or go see. I just need some rest.
I can't wait!