Friday, March 15, 2013
Five Minute Friday~ Rest
It has been on my mind a lot lately. This idea of REST. Maybe because it is so elusive. Perhaps it is because I so desperately crave it.
I have been meditating on these verses from Matthew 11...
Come unto me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am humble and gentle in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
I love the promise that when we come to Jesus, we will find rest. So why do I search for it in so many other places? Why do I allow myself to grow weary when I KNOW where true rest is found?
The truth is that life is hard. And rest is not always easy to find. Sometimes, I just want to be able to grab my "ganky" (as my 4 year old calls his greatest treasure!) and be able to shut out the world. I want to rest from it all.
But there is a never ending pile of laundry. A counter that is always covered with dishes. Children who need to be loved on. A babe in my womb who based on her movement in utero will probably be a gymnast. Misunderstandings. Condemnation. Forgotten appointments. Not following through.
But when I meditate on scripture, I realize that this is not the rest that Jesus promises. He doesn't want us to shut out the world and sleep. He wants us to embrace what He brings our way with the knowledge that HE is in control of all of it. Not us! He wants us to learn of Him and to imitate Him in all that we do.
When strivings cease...
And so, I will continue to seek rest. Not in my faulty understanding, but in coming to Jesus and learning of Him.
There at his feet...
...I will find rest!
Joining the beautiful Five Minute Friday community hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker on the subject of "rest".