We race from one thing to another. Even when we our bodies are still, our minds are racing.
The world we live in applauds busyness and celebrates exhaustion. We compete with each other, comparing our to-do lists. We are almost ashamed to admit it if someone calls us in the middle of a nap.
We are not hamsters on a wheel.
"Come to me all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matt. 11:28 We get to make a decision about carrying heavy burdens. We are invited to come to Him and receive rest.
"In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat-for He grants sleep to those He loves" Psalm 127:2. Again, choices. Working is not bad. Maybe we should look at what motivates us.
Are we working because we think we have to prove or earn something?
Are we desiring the approval of man?
This lifestyle is a dangerous way to live. Our health can struggle when we run to and fro. Our hearts ache when there is lack of peace. Work can become sloppy. Relationships can be compromised without intentionality. None of these options are for our best.
Are we letting God be the king of our hearts? Or have we let something else (or someone else) have that place? "I lift up my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from? My help come from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth" Psalm 121:1-2.
Do not misunderstand. Work is good for man and we are not meant to be lazy. But this is not an either/or situation. Culturally we tend to swing from one extreme to the other.
We do not want to swing from our hamster wheel into a Lazy Boy recliner.
It is possible to do the work that we need to do from a place of rest. At first consideration that seems like an impossibility. Just look at this verse, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" Matt. 11:29-30.
We can look at Jesus' life for an example. Jesus understood pulling away from the crowd in order to get filled up. The time He spent with the Father was His time of refueling. These times set an example for how important it is for man to slow down and be still. His relationship with His Dad empowered Jesus to do His ministry with love, grace and peace.
I can hear your voices right now saying, "Yes, but he was God." I understand. But we cannot negate the fact that he was fully man as well. He came to show us how to live.
He stopped for the one.
Jesus touched the untouchables.
He got angry...but His anger was timely and appropriate.
He saw value in everyone.
He washed feet and fed multitudes.
Teaching all the time, He always had a lesson ready.
He also got tired and thirsty and sat down at a well.
He was able to sleep in a boat in the midst of a storm that scared fishermen.
Jesus was constantly about His Father's business but he did it from a peaceful place. Let's try going about our business this week from a different place.
Imagine starting from a quiet place, getting filled up before we ever even go out of the house. If we began to feel anxious or angry we can purpose to pull away from the crowd and got alone with our good Dad, even if it is just for a moment. "We will find rest for our souls." That is a promise.
Write and tell us about what you do when you release you need to rest and regroup. What has been helpful to you?