Jesus and the loaves multiplication. Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes when he asked the people to rest, Luke 9:16. It is a well known fact that we are more creative when fully rested and not when we are are striving. It is the reason many people love taking regular holidays. Endless busyness doesn’t always translate into productivity and can be very unhealthy. We are not programmed for work without end. We are meant to have periods of rest.
Rest doesn’t always mean cessation of activity. It also means ability to share your workload with someone more capable. This is the reason Christ said ‘My yoke is easy and my burden is light’ Matt 28:28-30. The yoke or problem does not reduce the burden, it makes it easy to bear knowing that someone more capable is carrying it too. Abiding in Him equates to rest. He will surely give you rest from your labour, Trust Him!
During times of rest, the brain has time to be quiet provided you are resting in a peaceful environment. Noise kills genius, according to Ron Holland. You need Silence, Stillness and Solitude in order to receive anything meaningful into your subconscious. During this time of rest, listen more and think less. The mind is more creative when less active. What do you do during this time of solitude. Learn to meditate.
The act of meditation is not only resigned to doing Yoga or transcendental Mediation. Both of which I do not believe in. Meditation does not have to involve practices you do not believe in. You can allow your mind to dwell on portions of scripture while thinking of nothing else. The secret is not trying to think. Mediation is also an antidote to stress. It is not surprising then that one of the beautiful scriptures in the big book says ‘Come unto me all they that are heavy laden and I will give you rest.’ I love this quote from one of the greatest poets that ever lived ‘A solitude is the audience-chamber of God’. -Walter Savage Landor