By Mary Stout
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)
Have you ever noticed how little ones can get excited and carried away when they are playing? At times, their little systems can go into overdrive and the result is exhaustion. Sometimes they can be very cranky because they are so tired. They don’t understand the reason why because all they feel is tired and frustrated with overstimulation. As a parent, you know what’s going on and you do whatever it takes to calm them and help them through. Loving them to wholeness again and showing them that they are safe and secure even when they don’t necessarily feel it.
Jesus is like that as well. He sees our anxious thoughts, our stress from work, our frustrations, our fears, and our suffering. He sees it and he loves us through it. He beckons us to come to him and rest. Rest is extremely important and Jesus knew that when you get quiet and watch what he does, you learn how to navigate life within the unforced rhythms of grace.
Rest in Jesus renews our clarity, our concentration, and strengthens our faith. Life is easier when we take our rest in Jesus. As Jesus calms us, we can say with certainty,
Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me. (Psalms 116:7 NLT)
Prayer: Father thank you for reminding us to rest. Thank you for giving us a place to clear our minds and heal our souls as we learn your ways. May we emulate Jesus and show others how they can live freely and lightly as well. In Jesus name, Amen