One thing I’ve needed a lot of lately is REST. Let me tell you, for me, it doesn’t come easy. Every time and I do mean every time I’m resting, I can think of a million other things I could do be doing. When REST isn’t a “have too” it sounds so dreamy, when it is a “have too” it looses it allure…for reals.
While I’ve been forced to REST physically, I’ve had to force myself to also REST spiritually. To REST, according to the dictionary, is to sleep or stop activity. It also means: relief or freedom from disturbance and mental or emotional tranquility. Now that is the kind of REST I require – mental and emotional. This type of REST doesn’t come as natural as taking a nap; mostly because it requires you quiet your mind. For me, doing that can be the biggest battle of all. Check out what Jesus said,
Matthew 11:28 (AMP) “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls].”
My soul has needed a little ease, relieve and refreshing lately, how about yours? You see it doesn’t matter if you are dealing with breast cancer, rebellious teens, marriage difficulty or even a job loss; whatever the burden – He wants to provide REST – body and soul. By the way, in case you’re wondering, He is the only one that can truly give you REST – body and soul.
Take a moment and picture yourself resting, what does it look like?
This is what REST looks like to me, snuggling with this cutie (my nephew Urijiah):
I can’t help but think of the old hymn, “It is Well with my Soul” . While looking up a video for you to listen too I stumbled across this particular one, which gives the history of this beautiful song at the beginning. Take 2 minutes to read it and then allow the song to bring some rest to your soul, I know it did mine.
Love you more than being able to REST in my soul,