I’m tired. I mean some Mondays I need to get to Tuesday just to recover from the weekend.
Occasionally I just want to be one of our cats.
Our daughter took one of her cats to the vet to see if he was sick and the vet asked, “Is he lethargic?”
Our daughter answered, “So how can you tell?”
Now that’s a goal.
We’ve been trying to have dinner with two close friends for a couple of months. Between our crazy schedule and theirs it hasn’t worked. Even when we got things planned she had to cancel first to help their daughter move and then to help an elderly aunt.
She emailed us the last time, “I feel like a peanut butter sandwich, just squished.”
I think we can all relate.
Then add to that the incessant running some do because they just don’t want to stop and think about life particularly their own.
Then what about all the things we have to worry about? I mean it never seems to end does it? Our job, family, health, finances. And just when we get one challenge worked out it seems two more pop up.
No wonder we feel exhausted.
That’s why for me Jesus’ words are so inviting. “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”*
Wow, I’m all in.
In a relationship with him we find his rest.
For me that rest looks like this.
First of all peace.
When I entered into my relationship with Jesus that was the one overwhelming characteristic. An unexplainable deep abiding peace.
That for me is where rest starts. When I’m restless I usually find I’m troubled by something. The peace has left me for some reason. If I can work my way back to that peace I again can slow down and find rest as well.
What usually causes me to lose that peace though is worry. And I’m guessing I’m not alone.
Believe me when I say I can worry. I come from a long line of worriers. I can worry about real problems or fictional ones. Makes no difference.
Yet, when I remember who I’m walking with and who loves me the worry subsides and the peace returns.
Finally, knowing I’ll still be in my relationship with Jesus when this life ends helps me quit running so fast. I remember my parents as they got older often saying, “Life goes by so quick.”
When we’re young it seems limitless doesn’t it?
But now I look back and think, “Where did the time go?” It seems like the blink of an eye since Jennifer and I were raising our kids. And yes, feeling exhausted. Yet, now they’re both successful adults.
But with the perspective that there is a new life waiting that’s promised to be even better I’m able to quit running and just enjoy the ride a lot more.
Life is crushing at times but we can still find true rest.
How have you experienced this?
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*Matthew 11: 28 (NLT)