One of my favorite Andy Griffith episodes is the one where the visiting minister preaches a sermon titled, “What’s Your Hurry?” If it was one sermon the sleepy little hamlet of Mayberry didn’t need, it was the admonition to relax. The minister’s long, drawn-out oratory on the subject made it almost impossible for Barney and Gomer to remain awake. In the sermon, the preacher recalled the days of relaxing in the evening while listening to a band playing relaxing music.
Ironically, rather than sitting and relaxing on the Lord’s Day, Andy and the gang busily scurried about trying to repair the bandstand, patch up the band uniforms, and get the old band together to practice for their “relaxing” music under the evening stars. It became anything but a restful day for them.
Perhaps you don’t have an ideal, “Mayberry” type of existence. Perhaps your life is earmarked by hustle and bustle. You find your plate full everyday, with endless “urgent” tasks which must be done. If you were truthful, you’d have to admit most of those activities you cram into your schedule are things which you are performing out of guilt.
The result is, we get so caught up doing “stuff” — even filling our days with things, which are under the guise of serving the Lord. Is it any wonder that we have difficulty hearing God speak to us?
Years ago, a preacher friend of mine had an emotional breakdown in the pulpit one evening and had to be escorted out of the church. He spent three weeks in a Christian counseling rehab program and one thing he discovered was, for years, he “burned the candle at both ends” for no other reason than to please his Dad. Problem was, his Dad had been deceased for 30 years. Another preacher friend of mine often said, “I’d rather wear out than rust out.” But either way, you’re “out.” What’s driving you to wear yourself out?
What does God tell us to do about this problem? He says, “Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 Could He be telling us in that verse that He is going to exalt Himself among the heathen whether or not we are abusing our bodies with busywork?
God tells us in His holy word to “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy ladened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
God tells us in Genesis 2:2-3 that He rested from His labors on the sabbath day — not because He was tired, but to model the need for rest to us.
David said in Psalm 55:6 “Oh that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.”
Psalm 127:2 “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat — for he grants sleep to those he loves.”
Even Jesus had to take some time and go away into a high place — or a desert place, and there, be alone with God. In Mark 6:31 it is recorded that he said to the disciples, “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place and rest for a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.”
So, what’s your hurry? Take a break from the noise of the world — come away and rest. Someone once said, “If you fail to “come ye apart,” you’ll eventually come apart.