“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’” Psalm 46:10
Why is rest so elusive at times? We need it! Our bodies are screaming out for rest and yet we struggle to sit still. Many of us even have smart devices or watches that measure our steps and remind us to “get moving.”
Where is our rest? God even set apart a day for it because of how important it is. If you are like me, even when you lay your head down on your pillow, your mind starts to work through EVERYTHING that you did that day and must do for the days and weeks to come. We can’t shut down for even a moment.
As a society, we seem to celebrate schedules that are busy beyond belief. We even brag on how busy we are. Whether it is kids travel schedules, work, tailgating, or hanging out with friends, we tend to try and fill any blank spaces we have in our week. Why is this? To feel important? To feel needed? Or is it something deeper…
At our core, we long to be a part of a bigger story than the one we are living. We tend to always be looking for the next newest greatest thing to find fulfilment and meaning.
So, we chase. We run. We exhaust ourselves in the pursuit of something that will never truly satisfy our soul. Satisfaction can only come from resting with God.
We were made for Him. And apart from him we can do nothing (John 15:5). When we fill our schedules with stuff and things it is often at the expense of our connection with our Creator.
I can’t tell you how many times I hear people lament that they wish they had more time for God. Maybe it’s time to reconnect to the sacred nature of Sabbath and truly rest with God. He can lighten our burdens and refresh us so that we can find joy and not stress in the many things we get to do.
Rest up church.