Come to me, all who labor and are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.
- Matthew 11:28
You know, for many years I always thought the word ‘rest’ meant lazy, without motivation and in a sense weak. Matthew 11:28 always paints a picture in my head of what a forty-hour work week is when I work a full-time shift: I come home exhausted, burnt out and in need of rest. Yet, rest never sounds like the right thing to do because there are always dirty dishes and laundry to clean, homework to be tended to and community time with friends to be cherished. When I am running low on fuel I remind myself that God is the greatest gas station. He is always there with His arms wide open ready to fill our empty gas tanks up.
What does rest mean to you in your own life? Maybe you just want to show the world that you have it all put together, but truthfully you are struggling and shoving ‘puzzle pieces’ to fit correctly to make your life look well put together. You may be someone who tries to go to bed at a decent hour, but then you look at your clock and it shows midnight because you have so much clutter running laps in your mind. You may even be so overwhelmed with life and worries of tomorrow that insomnia could be an issue. There may even be nights that are so full of anxiety because you fear what the future might hold.
Please know that you are not alone, and you are more than a conqueror in Christ. Always know that rest does not mean you are weak or lack motivation in your life. Silence and rest are needed in our physical lives as well as our spiritual lives. So, try finding time throughout your week to just sit in silence and rest. God will surely fill your empty gas tank to a full tank, if you just allow Him to.
Are you afraid to rest because you fear that circumstances, people and opportunities will pass you by?
Are you seeking time throughout your week to ‘find rest’ - whether that be sitting outside in silence experiencing nature, listening to music or taking a long silent drive to reflect on your week
Lord, thank you for Your unwavering love. The words “for when I am weak, then I am strong” are so true especially when we forget to pause, rest and fall into the arms of You. Your patience with us is such an undeserving blessing. Guide our steps when we think that we must continue to run on empty, when we truly just need to rest in Your arms for our daily fuel.