Even though the weather was terribly cold with bitter, below zero temperatures, Randy and I ventured out yesterday to get supplies, fill up the van with fuel, make a drop off at the library, pick up a prescription, get a few groceries, and make a bank deposit for dad. Randy can’t work because of the temperatures, I can’t sub teach because of no school. A forced “rest”.
Today is the same. A forced “rest” of a different nature. Because we did all of the above yesterday, today is quiet and reflective. I think of everyone who is in this “forced rest” circumstance. To many of us this forced rest means no pay coming in when you don’t work. Many are struggling. Worry begins to haunt us. Then I come to this scripture today and heave a big sigh. Rest. Jesus Rest. Jesus promises to provide and teach us in the rest. Lean into these words,
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.” Matthew 11:28-30, NLT
God will provide. Use this time to “fix your eyes on Jesus”, even if you have kids who are running around the house because of no school, you have to shovel the walk one more time, things break down, pipes freeze, and the wind knocks us down every time we open the door…God sees our circumstances and will provide rest. For our souls.
Enter into this soul rest, not kicking and screaming, (like I do), but with a willing heart to receive.
Dear Heavenly Father,
We are willingly laying down our bodies as a living sacrifice to you, ready to obey and accept rest for our souls. Speak to our hearts, minds and souls as we seek your pleasing and perfect will for our lives. If today is just rest for the weariness this season is bringing, then so be it. You have our attention. Teach us, Lord.
In Jesus Name, Amen