How many times do you hear this call when watching sports. Well, I know that the numbers are limited and the coaches are quite calculating in their use of them.
They understand the importance of every timeout used and they have a plan as to what they want to do with the time allotted to them.
As women we wear many hats and sometimes believe we can handle all things. You know it's called the "Superwoman" syndrome. You can do dishes, cook a lasagna and wash a load of laundry simultaneously and although it works for a season, there will be a time when you will be so tired spiritually, physically and emotionally, that you will have to take a timeout. These are the days when you break a dish, burn the lasagna and overload the washer simultaneously. Oops... The Crash Has Happened.
I have learned in my years that a Time-Out is not only okay, but necessary. Mark 1:35 (New International Version) - Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Jesus understood the importance of taking time out to retreat. The world is filled with so much noise, that if you do not use the "mute button" you take the chance of losing your way.
I know immediately when I need a time-out. My spirit and body speaks to me in many different ways and when I don't heed the warnings, it almost always ends up in some sought of issue. I now allow myself a time-out without any guilt or shame.
A timeout will allow you to:
To rest physically. You don't realize the toll on your body when you are constantly on the go.
To rest mentally. Your mind is a machine that continues to run as long as you fuel it. Many of us go to bed with a list of things to do for the following day. It would be nice to make it through the previous 24 hours first.
To rest spiritually. When you are constantly on the go. You don't take time to feed your soul. You don't read your bible as much, you don't read your books of inspiration as much and as a result, it opens the door to the firey darts.
It is time to use your time-outs wisely. It can be used as a time of refreshing and a time to check out of the cares of the world. Even if the next day looks the same way, at least you have given yourself a moment of rest to deal with the new issues.
If you think this is unrealistic, I challenge you to give it a try. Even if you have to plan the day in advance, do it! Take a day to catch up with you and with God. You will not regret it.
Meditate on that!