August has been a really crazy month for me. I lived in three states, visited ten states and the District of Columbia, spent time in two countries, worked two jobs, slept in ten beds, ate everything from microwavable popcorn to calamari, drove too many hours to count, packed and unpacked and repacked and forgot something every time, and finally, somehow, ended up back at college to begin my senior year.
I don’t know how it happened – I just know that I am here. Believe me, part of me loves the thrill of adventure, the excitement and calculated risk of trying new things and doing something crazy. However, when I first got back to school, I went to bed around 9pm every night because I was just so exhausted and felt so out of control. It took a couple really great chapel services, some time with God, reconnecting with old friends, and even tearing down a closet door to re-center myself.
Adventure is really fun and I believe that everything I did this August and this entire summer was a benefit to me personally, but I am also reminded that I am so introverted that I have to be alone to recharge. It has been nonstop for weeks upon months now, and I’ve learned that I must rest! I have to use precious time, like the weekends or a spare hour here or there to be by myself, to workout, to read, to eat or have coffee with friends, to sleep.
I was made to glorify and enjoy God forever. Sometimes in my pursuit of service for Him or enjoyment of His gifts, I forget Him. Let me remember that resting in God is where I get my strength to do everything else he has called me to do.
If you fall into the need-time-to-recharge-or-I-might-die category, go do it. Don’t think that you can somehow be okay by ignoring your innate needs to be alone or to do nothing for a time. Rest is good. When we recharge with God, he will give us what we need to keep going.
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.
– II Thessalonians 1:11-12, NLT