One Reason Why Rest Takes Courage

“Prison,” she said after sharing with me how desperately tired she was, “is starting to sound really good.”

She wasn’t in danger of being convicted of anything, unless exhaustion is considered a crime. But she was so tired that even the idea of prison didn’t repel her if it meant she could be on a mattress and read a book alone.

soul rest

Seems to me there are easier ways to get time alone than prison (Maybe a hotel? A lock on the bedroom door? Something that doesn’t involve bars?) but I knew what she meant. We laughed, shook our heads at ourselves, promised to never reveal those words to anyone because prison.

When desert islands, hospitals, sinus infections, broken legs, and jail start to sound like a vacation, you know you need to take a rest on purpose.

Today at (in)courage, I’m talking about why rest takes courage. To finish reading, join me there?


  1. says

    I love the idea of “soul rest.” You’re right, true rest is SO different from simply taking a break. If we spend our entire break thinking about what we could or should be doing, we’re not truly resting. This is a good one for me to remember as I’m 39 weeks pregnant and have technically started maternity leave but still feel the need to keep catching up on “just one more thing” instead of simply waiting and being present.

  2. says

    Emily, I love this message of rest, of pausing, of doing it “on purpose.” And I appreciate your words about not giving it a time limit or restraints, but allowing space to fully rest. You inspire, speak truth, and challenge us to live abundantly in His grace. Blessings, friend.

  3. says

    I’m wondering why my comment is still waiting moderation when there are others under mine that were left since.

    I am genuinely sharing with you that that is not something to say or wish for ever for any reason.

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