Noah - means rest
Noah's name means rest, not only absence of movement but being settled in a particular place to give comfort, make to rest, quiet resting place. When his father named him, he regarded Noah as the one who should be the rest-giver, and as one who should provide comfort from the weariness of toil After Noah had completed the task of building the ark there was nothing to do but rest.. the result was this rest from what was before.
When you think of rest, what springs to mind? If you’re like me you’ll be thinking about an absence of stresses and suffering.
Sometimes in the midst of the chaos that life sometime hands out we too need rest from the toil and frustrations of the week now behind us in order to go forward. Sundays give us time to step of the treadmill of work. Opening this gift of time isn't always easy. But resting from the cares and concerns of our daily grind can make an unbelievable difference
We live in a world that’s full of warning labels. From disclaimers on pills, to use-by dates on soup cans, to danger signs on chain saws, warning labels draw our attention to impending dangers. Recently I received a box with a precious gift inside. The sender had attached a big red sticker to the package that said, fragile: handle with care. When I think about life and how fragile it is, I wonder if we shouldn’t all wear one of those red stickers.
It’s not a good idea to cruise through life thinking that we are invincible and that everything is going to be just fine, only to discover that we are far more fragile than we thought. It takes only a call from the doctor telling us that we have a life-threatening disease, or the swerve of a careless driver in front of us to remind us that life is extremely uncertain. There are no guarantees
Refreshed; relieved of fatigue; restored in strength and spirit. How need this blessing in our busy, modern world!
Let's keep Sundays as our day to rest and refresh, relax and restore. Let’s keep it because gave it to us and because need it!