As a society, we are in the throes of a collective panic attack. Anxiety and loneliness are on the rise, with 77% of our population experiencing physical symptoms of stress on a regular basis. We feel pressure chasing careers, security, and keeping up. We worry about health, politics, and many other complexities we can't control. Eventually we find our minds spinning, trying to cope or manage a low hum of anxiety, unlike ever before. But it doesn't have to stay this way. Rebekah Lyons draws from her own battle with depression and anxiety and shares a pathway to quiet the inner chaos with four life-giving rhythms: rest, restore, connect, and create.
We all face moments, weeks, months, or even years when anxiety and panic come crashing into our lives. Thankfully, God has provided simple rhythms to help us navigate these times and come through with greater health, peace, and even joy. In Scripture we see rhythms of rest, restore, connect and create modeled for us. Some are input rhythms where God fills us. Others are output rhythms where God uses us.
Who needs a nap, a day off, a chance to breathe deeply? Every one of us. Resting and establishing a rhythm of refreshment is not about weakness; it is about being more like Jesus. It is about honoring our Creator. Rest is about living with wisdom, learning from our Father, and walking in the footsteps of our Savior. Real rest leads to real replenishment. You cannot run if you cannot rest.
Once we have embraced the consistent rhythm of Rest we find the potential of being Restored. This means being physically replenished, mentally fortified, and emotionally engaged. The world might give you a label, a diagnosis, or a name you never wanted. Here is the good news: the world is not the boss of you. You have a Savior who came to this world to offer you complete restoration.
Once we have the input of Rest and Restore, and these rhythms mark our lives, we can begin to honor God as we let the output rhythms flow. We can Connect with people in meaningful and life-giving ways. Our friendships, family relationships, and all of our human connections thrive. We were created for connection and when we move away from isolation and into community, God delights.
In the beginning of all things, God was rested, restored, and in perfect community (connected) as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit . . . so, he created. When we have developed rhythms of Rest, Restore, and Connect, we are ready to develop rhythms of Create. God unleashes this as an output that helps build his kingdom, grow his church, and make us more like him.