REST FOR YOUR SOUL
“Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness. They grow in rest.” -Mark Buchanan
I’ve come to realize that it’s easier to handle external pressures and problems when your soul is healthy and relaxed. But, to get it straight, I don’t believe that rest is the absence of problems. I think that it’s the presence of Jesus. Our souls need rest; we are human. We cannot hold ourselves up without Him. We need moments where we can disconnect from our busy schedules and lives. I think it is mandatory for us to enjoy the moments when we are in the here and now before it goes and disappears forever.
Hard work is just part of life. The majority of people wake up, drink coffee & eat breakfast, go to work, come home, eat dinner, and go to bed. I also totally understand that sometimes you have to put in long hours, and there are seasons where you do not get enough sleep. But I don’t think this should be our lifestyle 24/7. We need a habit of rest and a philosophy that says, “I don’t have all the answers, and that’s okay. God does. He can do more while I am sleeping than I can when I’m awake.” We can try our best and rest in the fact that God is in complete control and will never leave our side.
Ultimately, of course, external and internal rest are not the same, but I think that they are completely tied together. It’s harder to be at rest on the inside when you are exhausted on the outside. Our hearts will not open up the same way if we are in a crabby mood from lack of sleep. Like Jesus told his followers, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will and rest for your souls,” (Matthew 11:28-29).
In Psalm 127 Solomon writes, “It is in vain you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.” I have difficulty with this too. I like to ll up my schedule with as many things as possible, and never carve out time for Jesus. Maybe all it would take is an extra 10 minutes in the morning to just sit and relax in the peaceful presence of God. Or even changing an everyday activity into a moment you re ect on God’s goodness and sovereignty throughout your day. Acknowledging the goodness of God during our days could slowly but surely make us grateful despite whatever situation life throws at us.
Because of this commitment to sit down and rest in thankfulness, you can finally realize that your life isn’t about you. It’s about Him.
Rest and be thankful today.
Written by Maggie Lavoie
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