Rest is such a tricky concept.  Yes, I know, in general it should be extremely simple: when you’re tired, you rest.

It never seems to work out quite so clearly in practice.

What about the elderly man who is retired and theoretically can rest as much as he wants?  He still wakes up at 4:30 every morning, conditioned by years of getting up for work.

How about the four-month-old baby who literally could spend as much time as she wants to in sleep, but fusses and cries and fights rest for as long as possible?  The more exhausted she becomes, the more agitated and unlikely to sleep.

Think of the insomniac, who for whatever reason just cannot fall asleep no matter what he does.

When we’re sick or recovering from surgery, what we need more than anything is rest.  We need to step away from our everyday routines and responsibilities and focus on ourselves.  For so many of us, it’s a nearly impossible task.  To stop doing and simply be. 

In terms of spirituality, God says come rest in Him.  Yet we strive and struggle, trying our hardest to earn favor with Him.  We have to recognize that Jesus died for us and we cannot earn our salvation or God’s blessings.

“Come to me, you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

“…he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.'” (Mark 6:31b)

May God grant you peace and rest today, as many mark the beginning of the “holiday season”.  I pray that you may know the true joy of resting in the Lord.


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