Rest

Let’s be real, as a mom rest is hard for me! As soon as my feet hit the ground in the morning I don’t stop until both kids are in bed or my head hits the pillow. The struggle is real. But I need rest. I dare say we all do. So how can we get it? Today I want to talk about a different kind of rest.

Matthew 11: 28-30 says “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Jesus is speaking in this well-known verse about rest. But what exactly does that mean for us? Maybe we can’t find the rest we really need because we’re looking for the wrong kind of rest. A part of this that I think we are missing, at least I am, is the idea of resting in his majesty. In Mark 4 when the disciples were on the boat with Jesus and the storms came how did they react? They freaked out is what happened. I can’t say I wouldn’t do the same or that I don’t most of the time. But look at Jesus, he was asleep. Not concerned. When they awakened Him, in verse 39 His words were (depending on the version, NASB here) “Hush, be still.” The storm stopped. Water, wind, rains.

My question is, if He can stop the literal storm, why wouldn’t He stop the storms in our lives? Or if He doesn’t stop them, why wouldn’t He equip us to walk through them? The answer is simple, He will. He does. He will continue to. We just need to have the faith to trust Him. To allow Him to say, “hush, be still” over our lives.

I am reading Jennie Allen’s book “Nothing to Prove” (read it, it’s SO good!) and in Chapter 7 she talks about rest. What’s interesting to me is that she talks mostly about God’s abundance. So even though we are worn down and need rest He gives in abundance. Well isn’t that interesting. Specifically, according to this verse in Matthew, easy yoke and light burden. Yes, please! The thing I keep hearing over and over is that in our weakness His strength can be revealed. In our need for rest we can find what we need from Him in abundance. Wow.

Seeking Rest

We have a picture of what a day might look like for Jesus during his years of ministry in Mark 1:29-34 (NASB).

“As soon as they left the synagogue, they went into Simon and Andrew’s house with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law was lying in bed with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. So He went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her, and she began to serve them. When evening came, after the sun had set, they began bringing to Him all those who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. The whole town was assembled at the door, and He healed many who were sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. But He would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew Him.”

It doesn’t sound like he stopped much that day. All day, He was serving. Sound familiar? I want to make the parallel that we too, as moms specifically but also so many others, often are serving from sun-up to sun-down. How did Jesus find the rest he needed to start over the next day? In verse 35 it says, “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” This is someone that walked out a perfect life and even He, as the son of God, needed time away. In a secluded place for prayer and rest that only comes from our Heavenly Father. I would not be writing this if I were doing this perfectly, but I think it’s a great reminder of what we should be working toward. Secluded and quiet are few and far between in my house these days, but if I’m up before the rest of the house I can find it then. And friends, I think we could all use more of this in our daily lives. Let’s take the steps to find the REST we need! Are you with me?

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