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I have been noticing my phone battery a lot lately. That little number that tells me how much charge is left in the battery, how much talk time and screen time I have left. I notice my Fitbit watch battery a lot too. I want it to be at a substantial charge before I go out for a run so that it can track my steps and distance.

If I don’t pay attention to those numbers, how much battery is left, then I could find myself with a dead Fitbit halfway through my run. Does it even count then, if the Fitbit didn’t track the whole thing? 🙂

If I let my phone battery get too low, then I risk it running out completely and not having a means of communication if I’m out shopping or driving somewhere. I don’t think I have ever just let my phone run down to 0% on accident. I keep a close eye on it. Is it at 34%? How long will that last me? Until the evening? Am I going out, should it be charged up more? I feel like I want a bit of cushion with the charge. I don’t want to go out for the evening at 26% and then be worried about my phone running down to 0% before I get back home. When I’m traveling, I’m even more watchful. The airports have little charging stations scattered throughout. And the chairs at the gates have all been adapted to have electrical outlets, so you could charge up there too. Most cars nowadays have USB plugs built right in, for convenient charging on the go.

So I find myself making sure to plug my phone in during the day and give it time to charge up completely. I’ll plug my Fitbit in at lunch, so it will be fully charged and ready for my after-work run.

And all of this thinking about charging my phone, and my Fitbit, and even my laptop has made me think about me. What kind of recharging do I need for my batteries? How long does my energy last without the proper recharging like sleep and food and water? If we go and go and go like the Energizer bunny, then eventually our batteries run down. And we won’t be able to give our best to the world. We won’t be able to concentrate and do all the mental things we do all day. When we are run down and low on energy, our immune system is weakened, and we are more at risk for illnesses.

Sleep and naps and rest are so important. Healthy food, fresh air, plenty of water. All of these are important and critical ways to recharge our batteries and keep our bodies functioning efficiently.

And in the darker season of the winter months, more rest makes sense. It’s a time for the ground to rest before the spring planting season. It’s a time of hibernation for some animals.

This well-known Bible verse, Matthew 11:28-30, talks about rest too:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” –New International Version

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” –The Message Version

I included the Message Version because I like the relational language and the reference to the ‘unforced rhythms of grace.’ That sounds like being in the gentle flow of life, resting as needed.

Wishing you some extra naps and good sleep and rejuvenating rest in this season. Take care!