We race from one thing to another. Even when we our bodies are still, our minds are racing.
The world we live in applauds busyness and celebrates exhaustion. We compete with each other, comparing our to-do lists. We are almost ashamed to admit it if someone calls us in the middle of a nap.
We are not hamsters on a wheel.
“Come to me all you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matt. 11:28 We get to make a decision about carrying heavy burdens. We are invited to come to Him and receive rest.
“In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat-for He grants sleep to those He loves” Psalm 127:2. Again, choices. Working is not bad. Maybe we should look at our motivators. Are we working because we think we have to prove or earn something? Sometimes we choose to live like this because we desire the approval of man.
But what good is this lifestyle? In actuality it is a dangerous way to live. Our health struggles when we run to and fro. Hearts ache when there is lack of peace. Work can even become sloppy. Relationships get compromised. None of these are for our best.
Are we letting Him be the king of our hearts? Or have we let something else have that place? “I lift up my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from? My help come from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” Psalm 121:1-2.
Do not misunderstand. Work is good for man and we are not meant to be lazy. But this is not an either/or situation. Culturally we tend to swing from one extreme to the other. We do not want to swing from our hamster wheel into a Lazy Boy recliner.
I would like to suggest that it is possible to do the work that we need to do from a place of rest. At first consideration that seems like an impossibility. Just look at this verse, “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” Matt. 11:29-30.
We can look at the life of Jesus for an example. Jesus understood pulling away from the crowd (as well as pulling away from the disciples) in order to get filled up. The time He spent with the Father was His time of refueling. These times set an example of how important it is for man to slow down and be still. His relationship with His Dad empowered Jesus to do His ministry with love and grace and peace.
I can hear your voices right now saying, “Yes but he was God.” I understand but we cannot negate the fact that he was fully man as well. He came to show us how to live.
He stopped for the one.
Jesus touched the untouchables.
He got angry but His anger was timely and appropriate.
He saw value in everyone.
He washed feet and fed multitudes.
Teaching all the time, He always had a lesson ready.
He also got tired and thirsty and sat down at a well.
Jesus was constantly about His Father’s business but he did it from a peaceful place. Let’s try going about our business this week from a different place. Imagine starting from a quiet place, getting filled up before we go out. What if when we began to feel inappropriately anxious or angry we just pulled away from the crowd and got alone with our good Dad. “We will find rest for our souls.” That is a promise.