As I sit here tonight I feel relaxed, refreshed and restored. I had a great Labor Day. I was able to go on not one, but two, “walk and talks” with girlfriends. Walk and talk dates are my favorite thing to do on a beautiful day. Other than the two dates, I did absolutely nothing. I did no work. I truly rested from all labor.
I spent some time this morning reading about our Ultimate Labor Day. It says in Hebrews 4:9-11 So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. 10 For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. 11 So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall.
There will come a day when we all get to rest from the labors of this world. No, we won’t be floating around on clouds with a set of wings playing a harp. I firmly believe we all have assignments in heaven as it says we will rule and reign with Jesus. However, we will no longer be laboring. Webster’s defines labor as expenditure of physical or mental effort especially when difficult or compulsory.
Work on earth is hard. We get tired and weary. We get headaches and backaches. We feel stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed by our overbooked schedules. We long for rest. We count down the days until we can sleep in. We keep ourselves caffeinated or hyped up on sugar just to keep us going. Our earthly bodies cannot keep up with us.
I can’t wait to get my new heavenly body. A body that does not grow old, get sick, or get tired. A body that can keep up with the things I want to accomplish. A body designed for work, but not labor.
I love to imagine what heaven is like. I have read numerous books from people who have died and gone to heaven. I am fascinated by them. I love to get even a glimpse of what my future holds. I can’t wrap my head around it, but I am smart enough to know it will be more than I could ever imagine. Best of all, we will no longer wrestle with the difficulties of this world, we will enter our final rest. A working rest, but not a laboring rest. Side by side with Jesus. I can only imagine…
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for this day. Thank you for giving us this day of rest. Thank you for the eternal rest you promise to those that put their faith in you. Help me to keep my eyes on you when I am worn out and weary. Keep me focused on the rest that is to come more than the labor we endure on earth. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Love, Grace, and An Ultimate Labor Day For Us All,