It’s hard to think about rest on a Monday.
Let me rephrase that:
It’s hard put rest into practice on a Monday.
Resting sounds good in theory. When God commands us to take a sabbath, we love the idea of it.
But the work comes calling.
I am terribly guilty of not putting sabbath principles into practice.
Instead of taking a full day to rest, I spend the weekend working and worrying about all manner of little things that need to get done. I think if I rest I won’t have the time to get everything done.
You may do the same thing.
Even worse, you may not have even had a day off this weekend. You may have worked double shifts. Or you may have been up all night taking care of a couple of screaming babies.
If you missed your chance at rest this weekend, maybe you could use some Monday Morning Music.
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Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors have been putting out good old-fashioned, down-home rootsy rock and roll music for the past 10 years or so. Their latest album Good Light features a song that’s all about finding a special place to rest. It’s called “Tennessee”.
This song holds a particularly special place in my heart. “Tennessee” is the home where I was born.
I only lived there for a few years before our family moved to Augusta, GA, but I still hold Tennessee dear. Tennessee is where so many of my favorite memories are. Tennessee is where my grandparents have always lived.
Tennessee is where my family goes to get away. Just a couple of weeks ago my fiancé and I spent a few days in Tennessee relaxing at Grandma and Papa’s house with my cousins.
We drank coffee, ate barbecue, took a hayride, and walked around in the mountain air.
I didn’t do much of anything of value to the world while I was there. And I felt great when I returned.
Rest has a way of doing that. Though we stop working for a time, we are able to get more done. We function better with rest.
Funny – it’s almost as if God created us that way.
“It’s not just geography. It’s a part of me. It’s the air I breathe.”
Everyone should find their own Tennessee – the place where they can find rest.
You may not be able to break away to your Tennessee today. But the right song can take you there.
The right song can put you in a restful state of mind. The right song can remind you of the sabbath promises of the Lord to rest and restore our souls.
The right song can take you to your Tennessee. The right song can give you a momentary break in the restlessness of the day. The right song can remind you of the peace that transcends all understanding.
Today may be Monday. And Mondays can be awfully rough – especially when we aren’t properly rested.
But as the woodwork in my Grandma and Papa’s house reminded me, “Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday, and all is well.” All will remain well even if you take a moment to stop working and rest.
May you find rest in the Lord this Monday. May you find even just a moment or a song that takes your mind off things for a bit and allows you to recharge.
May you find your Tennessee today.
Also, check out my interview with Ellie Holcomb on the POP GOD POPcast