“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.“ Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
We all need rest. Without it we begin to loose track of reality and eventually die. Did you know that is not the only kind of rest we need? God gives us rest that is characterized by peace, calm, contentment, and clarity. God’s rest comes from being intimately connected to Jesus through the Spirit of God. It’s a supernatural rest that connects us to the nature of God. To experience God’s rest we must recognize our need, give God permission to sift through every fiber of our being, and reprogram our thinking. Life does not produce God’s rest. This poem echoes this truth.
Out of nothing you birth much,
Out of darkness you formed light,
A boy into a man,
A seed into a tree,
A death into a life,
So what about me?
This life offers nothing that satisfies my longing
Nothing that brings me fulfillment and belonging
I’m missing something that aches inside
It hurts, I churns, I’m looking for a sign
You say, “Come unto me all who are weary and
Heavy laden and I will give you rest.”
Out of nothing you give me rest.
What is keeping you from experiencing God’s rest?
How can you allow God’s rest to become your reality?
Father, thank you for the gift of rest. I know my life gets so busy and filled with things that your rest is not always evident in my life. I recognize how important your rest is. Help me find it.