Rest. It sounds good, we know our bodies and our souls need it to survive, but when we’re tossing and turning overwhelmed with the busyness of life and our burdens, rest can seem worlds away.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was an app for rest- so at the click of a button your cares would just drift away and you were able to close your eyes and rest. Good news! There is: prayer. Prayerfully turn your burdens over, thank Him for always being present to provide what we need, and thank Him for the rest that He has promised. Then DO IT, get out of your own way, and claim the rest that He promised.
If you find yourself on the roller coaster of worry, stop and pray and repeat the process. If you find yourself distracted by the pettiness, stop and pray and repeat the process. If you become weak, short tempered, anxious, stop and pray and repeat the process. Find a quiet place, light a candle, get alone with God and turn it all over to Him and receive rest.
“Come to Me all who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. For I’m gently and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Rest with me a while. You have journeyed up a steep, rugged path in recent days. The way ahead seems shrouded with uncertainty. Look neither behind you nor before you. Instead focus your attention on Me, your constant companion. Trust that I will equip you fully for whatever awaits you on your journey. I designed time to be a protection for you. You couldn’t bear to see all your life at once. Thought I am unlimited by time, it is in the present moment that I meet you. Refresh yourself in My company, inhale My Presence deeply. The highest level of trust is to enjoy Me moment by moment. I am with you, watching over you wherever you go. -Jesus Calling by Sarah Young