In our culture today this is not something that is frequently, or easily practiced. The idea of rest. For many of us, if we have time to rest, then we’ve also got time to get more things done and more times than not will choose to get stuff done.
If you’re anything like me then you often find things to do (even if you actually don’t have to or need to do them, let’s be real we are just filling the time.)
Resting, as weird as this may sound, can actually be hard work at times. Actually resting isn’t the hard part, but setting that time aside and then choosing to focus on resting is the hard part. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not important.
I’ve heard from a lot of people that they are just trying to make it to the weekend so they can rest (or if you’re like me, I don’t have weekends anymore, I just have random days off). So sometimes working towards that let’s us think we will be able to rest then.
But, what if we changed our mindset and instead of ‘resting from a place of work,’ we ‘worked from a place of rest.’
I know this seems like a slight shift in our thinking, but it could make all the difference in how you view where you are currently at in life, and how people see you in your relationships with them.
So it is extremely important that we set aside specific time to rest, and we actually do just that! Rest.
The other part to this, is finding rest in Jesus. He says in the gospels to come to him and he will give us rest. Now, I don’t think he met we would be able to just lie around and sleep all the time (because the Kingdom of God requires action and work), but I think Jesus meant something deeper. Something more important.
I think when he said we would find rest for our souls that we would finally be able to fill that hole in our hearts with the right piece. Him. He is the missing piece.
If you can think back to when you were a kid, when you tried to fit the circle into the square it never worked. Why? BECAUSE IT WAS THE WRONG PIECE!
It’s the same with our lives. We are constantly trying to find the right pieces to fill our lives with, and Jesus is waiting for us to come to him so he can fill us with all that we need. So run toward him, not away, because he can and will give you rest.