Living in Memphis, we get a full dose of the dog days of August. The ancient Romans coined the term because Sirius, the Dog Star, rose with the sun this time of year. It was considered cursed since the days were so hot that people didn’t want to get anything done.
Times haven’t changed much. These days the heat drives us to the pool or into the air conditioning or ANYWHERE away from Memphis with its heat and humidity.
I suppose we all have our dog days, but they don’t all come in August. We go through those periods of life where we are just tired. Tired of going to work. Tired of raising children. Tired of preparing meals. It can even affect us spiritually. We get tired of going to church. Tired of praying. Tired of ministering to people. The feeling doesn’t come all in a moment, but one day we just find ourselves exhausted.
Two of the best remedies for the dog days are rest and renewal. The Law of Moses gave the Sabbath to Israel as a weekly day of rest because God knows that we are not designed to go and go and go all the time without rest. We need that downtime or we will eventually burn out.
But rest is meant to lead to renewal. We are not designed to work all the time, but neither are we designed to rest all the time. Use your time of rest to reinvigorate yourself for the days to come. In the words of Sylvia Rose, “Restore my spirit, Lord!”