One Thousand Shades of Green…An Invitation to Rest

by Tina McKee

Eat, sleep, work and repeat. It’s such an easy rhythm to fall into. And that’s just it, we fall into it without realising.

On a rainy afternoon after a long day, I was walking home up a hill (this is Durham after all!) When I finally arrived at the top, I turned to look at how far up I was. That’s when I was struck by the amazing scenery that lay at my feet. And for one breathtaking moment I stopped, and admired the thousand shades of green, the colours of the trees made more beautiful and vibrant in the rain. This seemingly normal event had the strangest effect on me; it was like my soul sighed in relief. I had finally stopped working, running, worrying. And for that one brief moment, I just stood there and rested.

It is so easy to just get on with life and to forget that we need more than just sleep and food. In the busyness, I can only encourage you to find time to rest, even just for a moment. I was reminded of these verses in the book of Psalms:

“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads
me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s
sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your
rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my
enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will
follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23.1-6