Anakin’s Rest

Saw SW III for the second time – caught a lot more and yes – the love scenes are just as painful the 2nd time but the saber duels are twice as cool…so it’s a wash, I guess. Plus I caught a sighting of the Millenium Falcon! The all-time greatest ship in science fiction lore.

Anakin incarnates something that hit me at Emergent Conference this week. Rest. Anakin couldn’t get any because he thought he had to control everything. And he knew that he couldn’t.

One of the prayer stations at Emergent YS was about rest – and I was struck by the complete lack of it most of those in my profession have. I think it’s for the same reason.

“I’ll rest when I get things done.”

No, that isn’t rest. That is exhaustion, crashing, burning, cratering. It isn’t rest. It might could even be labeled as recovery…but it’s not rest.

Rest is getting 7 to 8 hours sleep only to wake up to take a nap with Jesus.

Rest is awaking from a nap to enjoy a quiet walk in the cool of the day.

Rest is turning off the cell phone, pager, computer and not responding to every ‘crisis’ that clamors for attention.

And that is only going to happen when we realize we can’t or don’t control ANYTHING. Rest is the result of completeness. The job is finished. The work is complete. The deed is done. At least my part of it.

Hence why REST is (should be) a spiritual discipline. It is a bold statement to our flesh that isn’t on us to get it done or complete the work. It is on Christ.

And he will do it.

On his own schedule.

In his own manner.

And I can rest in that…sometimes.

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3 thoughts on “Anakin’s Rest

  1. Just to stir things up… more for clarification, not argument.You contradict yourself when you stated the following: ‘”I’ll rest when I get things done.”No, that isn’t rest. That is exhaustion, crashing, burning, cratering. It isn’t rest. It might could even be labeled as recovery…but it’s not rest.’Then you said:’Rest is the result of completeness. The job is finished. The work is complete. The deed is done.’Could you elaborate? I gather you are saying that once we, as mortals, do our part (not that we can control it) that we must rest and leave it all in His hands to complete things. But what if ‘our part’ is to see our tasks through to the end? At what point do we say to ourselves, “I’ve done all I can, now it’s time to rest in the Lord.”? Just something to noodle around.

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  2. You are right on! Resting (realizing that we are not in control) is the only way to “enjoy this day that the Lord has made”. Our work (calling) is never done until He calls us home. When we are working at our calling, we don’t experience exhaustion. However, those “early” morning walks (in Orlando or Colorado) are critical to hearing the calling.Great thoughts!

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