I split the mound of dough in two, then read the next step in the directions:
“Cover; let rest for 10 minutes.”
Yes, in the midst of all that rising, even bread dough needs to rest.
I don’t know what that resting phase does, but I know it matters. It’s too important to skip.
Yet all too often, I skip the resting step in my own life. I stay up late or set the alarm early or skimp on other parts of self care, as if I am a slave to my to-do list. And afterward, I am no better off. I usually feel even worse.
But that one line in the cookbook, and that bread that lay there on the counter, resting beneath a clean white towel–they reminded me of the gift of rest that God gives to us.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
“It is vain for you to rise early, and put off your rest at night, to eat the bread earned by hard toil–all this God gives to His beloved in sleep.” – Psalm 127:2
“In green pastures He makes me lie down; to still waters He leads me; He restores my soul…” – Psalm 23:2-3
God Himself rested in Genesis. The Bread of Life, Jesus, often went off to quiet places to pray–to rest.
The bread dough on my counter rested.
And I will rest, too.
Won’t you join me?