Finding Rest


Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

I think of the biggest struggles we all face in this day and age is exhaustion, mental, emotional, and physical.  If we don’t watch it we can become robots on steroids.  We run busily from one activity to another barely having time to eat, yet alone breathe.

I know as a mom of multiple children it is easy to get into this mode.  There’s work, church activities, parties, sporting events, etc.  We so often hear the term, “taxi mom” or “soccer mom” meaning your life is being ordered around events in your children’s lives.

There is a price to be paid for this kind of lifestyle.  Of course we all have times and seasons in our lives where we will be busy, but continually living in the “tornado mode” lifestyle will surely leave a path of destruction behind.

So how do we find rest amidst life’s craziness?  I was talking with a friend the other day and she was explaining to me that her mother once explained to her that “resting in Jesus” was like sitting down in a chair.

That picture immediately resonated with me.  I envisioned it like this, the biggest, puffiest, comfiest chair there is (possibly with seat warmers) like the fancy cars have, and then plopping down into it.  Suddenly you feel comforted, relaxed and soothed.  The weight of your body is now resting in the comfort of the “glamour chair.”

Yes, this is how it is when we rest in Jesus.  He takes the load of our burden and says come bring it to me sit in my presence while I comfort you in my love and wrap you in my security.  Jesus knew we needed rest, he commanded it.  He himself took “time outs” to get away from it all.

One of the major problems I see in life is that we have life so scheduled out, that we don’t take time to enjoy it.  Our focus gets blurry and we think we have to be continually doing something to be making progress.  Yes, we are to work, but we must also take time to rest, to live and to enjoy life and the many blessings God has given us.

Our number one priority should be taking the time to “be” with our creator.  This is in keeping “first things first” and this helps to give us the proper focus and help set priorities straight.

Living in “crazy mode” to me is not living.  It’s rather like blurring many colors together and soon there is nothing but grey.  In life we must find balance.  Balance is found when we give the first of our time to our creator and learn to rest in and continually abide in him.  Resting in Jesus is putting our full trust in him and learning to bask in His presence.  It’s a discipline like anything else in life.  It must be practiced with regularity to become a habit and then a lifestyle. Will you find time to rest “In Him” today? He wants you to sit down and take a load off!

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