Every year, at the end of school I prepare myself. I gather workbooks in every subject and plan for our daily workload to prevent the dreaded summer mush brain. I was always so afraid that over the summer they would absolutely forget everything they have ever learned in the history of school, and I was NOT going to let that happen. This year I tried something different; I let it all go, embraced rest and focused on God. We’re going to call this the Sabbath Summer.
In our lives, we motivate ourselves to achieve our own earthly goals. And we wear ourselves completely out on these goals. We go to work/school then come home and continue to work or do homework. One of my kiddos had a pretty rough school year and talking to him it seemed like he was just a shell. His brain was already mush. And it needed a revival. The solution was simple: we rest. We’re taking this time to be present. And we’re not going to worry about anything but instead will enjoy this life and grace that were so freely given.
There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? Ecclesiastes 2:24-25
God demanded that we rest, in fact, He declared a Sabbath to mandate this resting time. He did not design our bodies to constantly work or stress. However, He did design us to work diligently but rest when we grow weary. And He commanded to us to give all our worries to Him so that He could even help us rest. Our bodies give us signals to rest. Low energy, health conditions, mushy brains, or if you’re anything like my husband just sitting down and instantly snoring, signals that God designed to slow us down. It’s amazing when you think about it, when you feel sick most doctors recommend rest. So does God.
We’re a few weeks into summer now, which means I’ve had a chance to see how this was going to work. For a few days, my kids were resistant to just playing. They were bored because they are so used to being at constant work. Then after about a week, they started thriving. Now they are building forts, making up games and being such happy kids at rest. As a mom, I am ecstatic and inspired. My brain feels mushy at times too and although us moms can be so resistant to resting, I know how important it is for my work. You see, I don’t think they are going to forget everything they know this summer. In fact, I think they will learn so much more than they ever have.