Monday, June 15, 2009

No Rest for the weary.

Yes, weary.

I like this definition of "weary": having one's patience, tolerance, or pleasure exhausted

To be truly weary, you can't even enjoy pleasure. You can't rest.

Beau and I just had a discussion about the phrase in the title of this post. He says, "It's no rest for the wicked." I say, "I know I've heard the phrase 'no rest for the weary' also."

So, of course, being the type of person who has to know the right answer right away, I looked it up. Because I'm totally OK with Beau being right and me being wrong (cough). No really, I am. 
There have been a handful of times that this has happened in our marriage. OK, seriously, he's extremely intelligent and I'm used to it.

However, on this point, he's wrong.

"NO REST FOR THE WEARY":  (actually a form of the phrase, 'no rest for the wicked') one's heavy workload or lack of tranquility is due to one's own choices, or to one's sinful life.

Yikes.

I was just about to post about all the things I had to do today on my "day off."

Basically, that definition says the reason you can't rest is because of you. You are in control of your own rest. Even heavier ... your sinful life may be to blame.

Excuse me while I examine some things. (insert Jeopardy music here)

OK.

True rest is hard to find. Relaxation even harder.

As wives, moms, and many of us, employees, there's not much time for that. Trust me, I try to take every opportunity to do so.

What choices have we made that cause us not to rest?

And, what would we ever be able to give up? Cleaning? Cooking? Grocery shopping? ('cause I'll gladly give that one up) Making sure our children are taken care of?

Really, there is nothing to give up. Except for maybe the delusion of this idea that we can be these perfect superwomen, who have it all together, and not to mention, we must be beautiful and in shape too because of all the extra time we have to spend at the spa and the gym. Puh-lease. It's not happenin'. So, there's where our rest comes in ... knowing that we'll never be perfect, no matter how hard we try. We can rest in the fact that all we can do is do the best with what God's given us. And that's really all He asks us to do. (Except for the whole ... "Be holy as I am holy" part I struggle with, but that's another post. For me, totally unreachable.)

Now, off to run, do laundry, yardwork, dentist, yadda, yadda, yadda .... and life goes on.

Just hoping I get one hour of rest today. Gosh, I still haven't had my coffee yet.

By the way, Beau was not totally wrong because the phrase comes from "no rest for the wicked." He made me say this.

6 Comments:

Jeff Ables said...

Did you listen to my message this week? Rest girl, REST!

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

Pastor Jeff,

Why do you think this is on my mind? Of course, I listened to your message. It was a good one, but for some of us, it's a little bit harder. Thanks for the challenge.

"Rachel" said...

So good. Thanks for posting!

Sara@i.Sass said...

Who said I'm not perfect? I want a word with them!
Oh, yeah, it was me. Never mind.
So it's not that I HAVE to be right...I just can't live in a lie.
Or an untruth. So naturally I'm going to go find out whats right and then proceed to share that with others.
Tell Beau thanks for the "other" option, even though I'm pretty sure he's not looking for seconds on this. I like Weary better.
Thanks for the eye opener too, sheesh, you mean I'm choosing to be busy. YUCK. Good thing I'm choosing for the second day in a row to sit outside in the sun with my SPF50 on and notebook in hand to write. Don't mean to rub it in, if you saw my house you'd say "Nice tan Sar, How bout doing some dusting in that swimsuit!"

TCKK said...

Great post and reminder!

RachelQ said...

don't you love it when you are both right...LOL

I totally hear you on this. I have my own issues and wacked out feelings on this... maybe I should blog about them, but then everyone would get depressed..