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A Plan for Rest

Author: Brenda Pace, Author of "Journey of a Military Wife"

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Rest is an important and vital activity to God. Even he rested!

And the LORD said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws? See! The LORD has given you the Sabbath; therefore on the sixth day he gives you bread for two days. Remain each of you in his place; let no one go out of his place on the seventh day. So the people rested on the seventh day. (Exodus 16:28–30)

U.S. Marines pause to rest between their dismounted patrolling at Saber Strike 2012. The mortarmen and other Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, were involved in a 24-hour field training exercise to culminate the two-week event. 3/25 is a Pennsylvania-based Reserve unit. Saber Strike 2012 is a multinational, tactical field training and command post exercise that involves more than 2,000 personnel from the U.S. Army's 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, the 4th U.S. Marine Division, the 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard, Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian armed forces, with contingents from Canada, Finland, France and the U.K. The exercise, led by U.S. Army Europe, is designed to enhance joint and combined interoperability between the U.S. Forces and partner nations, and will help prepare participants to operate successfully in a joint, multinational, interagency, integrated environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ray Lewis)Among active-duty military spouses, a 2008 survey by the American Psychiatric Association found that 40 percent believed their husband or wife’s service overseas hurt their own mental health. Approximately 25 percent reported regular problems with sleeplessness, anxiety, and depression.1

I found a note I wrote in my journal after spending some time with a group of deployed wives, “The moms with young kids seem worn out. Their kids are winning the battles. Lots of screaming, whining, one little guy was even growling. Lord, give these women the rest they need to face the days ahead.”

Rest is an important and vital activity to God. Even he rested! “And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done” (Genesis 2:2).

Rest was important enough for God to build it into the schedule for the Israelites on their journey. On the sixth day of each week, God provided enough manna so they did not need to gather it on the Sabbath. This is the plan of a God who cares about his people getting needed rest.

God gave us the model to prepare ahead of time in order to take time to rest. I do not know about you, but the thing that most often robs me of rest is worry. Yet, I read about the provision God made for the Israelites and I ask how can I fret about the future when I know a God who makes such specific ahead-of-time plans?2


Quickly write a list of all the things that worry you and rob you of rest. Done? Okay, make that list your prayer list. Ask the Lord to work in each of those situations and to allow you to rest.

Prayer for the Journey

Lord, “Lay your peace like a blanket over me and as I sleep I will rest in you.” Amen. (From “Tonight” by All Sons and Daughters)

1 Stacy Bannerman, “Multiple Deployments May Raise Risk of Military Spouse Suicide,” www.truth-out.org/archive/item/ 86547:multiple-deployments-may-raise-risk-of-military-spouse-suicide, (accessed November 22, 2014).
2 Victor P. Hamilton, Exodus: An Exegetical Commentary (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011), 258.

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