This is a new age where technology rules our lives if we are to be totally honest. Too often the first thing I do when I wake up is check Facebook. Then snapchat. Then my email. And more than I’d care to admit, when I have a day off my first inclination is the spend the day Netflix binging. And maybe some Pinterest surfing. These things are simply not restful to me. They may be lazy and allow me to mentally check out, but they are not restful. (Maybe they are to you, and that’s totally cool). This is such an easy-go to. I mean, we’ve spent the day working hard to provide care for other people, we just worked 13 hours, and we spent the whole day on our feet! But in all honesty, I just do not feel recharged and invigorated by letting technology rule my life.
So how do we find true rest in the midst of our crazy busy lives?
Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
We need to come to Jesus. We need to let him be our rest and restoration. So just come. Weary? Burdened? Burnt out? Exhausted? Overwhelmed? Just come. Just come and lay your cares before the creator of the heavens and earth, for surely he is enough for you.
Mathew 6:25-33, ”Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Isn’t this passage just amazing? The flowers don’t work for their clothing, but it was provided for them by God. This isn’t to say we don’t have to work, and I certainly don’t support the nudist movement, but to open your eyes to all the ways God provides for us. God has always provided for me, even though I may not understand his ways in doing so. He provided me a job, and I am so blessed by the opportunity I didn’t even know I needed. I had less than a meager $300 left in my bank account after working my less than minimum wage job with a ministry. With no job, bills that had to be paid, and money needed for gas, I was desperate for God to provide. I had less than a months living expenses. I was living with my parents and fearing I might soon need to move into a cardboard box, but seriously. I NEEDED a job. After my interview on 6000 I got a call an hour later, and God provided. So trust Him, he will provide for your needs. He loves and cares for you.
Of course Jesus is our source of rest, but I think there are other ways we can find rest in our lives as well. These may be different for different people. Left minded vs right minded. Introverted vs extroverted. Those with families vs those living the single life. For me I find routine very comforting, but I also love a good spur of the moment adventure. Every week I try to invite friends to coffee, because community is so refreshing to me. I love getting the opportunity to pour my life into others, and to have others pour into my life. And I just really love coffee 🙂 I love when I get the opportunity to go to sunday service at my church community Connection and to host a gospel community group (basically a bible study) in my home every week, which is actually lead by someone else in the group which is really wonderful. It is always restful for me to go for a walk, read a really good book, or do some crafting. I adore anytime spent with my family, especially my nieces and nephews that have forever stolen my heart and can make me laugh until I cry with their cuteness.
So, I’d love to hear…what gives you true rest? Please share in the comments, I’m sure other readers would love to hear from you, and I know I certainly would!
Praying you find true rest today,
P.S. This week I am going to teach what I’ve learned about deepening my relationship with Jesus, and I’m really looking forward to empowering you with practical lessons including grace, how to spend time in the word, worship, prayer, and some other faith basics. I say “basics” but in reality, so often times I forget how important these topics are and they simply are not present in my life as much as I wish they were. So let’s go deep this week with Jesus.