Who needs rest? I can see the hands going up! I imagine each of us had a weary moment this past week where we longed for some rest.
Over the last month my entire life has been chaotic, uncertain, and tiring. Because of a hangup in paperwork we had to be out of our previous house before being able to move in to the house we’re buying. So, we stayed at our church, bedded down on mattresses in an office. (Our church has a full bath and kitchen so we had everything we needed.) I started a new job several weeks before that. And I’m preparing to leave the country in a few days.
Those are the broad strokes. Everyday cares fill in the cracks and can leave an ache between my shoulder blades no amount of ibuprofen can erase.
Can you identify? Has life worn you out?
What do you do in the weary days? The black days of despair, the grey days of lonely, the hot days of frantic living? The days when you see your little one’s childhood slipping away, when work calls again, when the bills come due, when guilt keeps you company at night, when you struggle under the weight of illness? Do you ever wonder when the weariness will unwind itself from your shoulders and slip peacefully away?
May I suggest remembering?
Remember that salvation rests with Jesus. Only he could take your place in Justice’s court and satisfy the debt. Grab hold of grace flowing freely. Bask in mercy’s smile. Rest in the gift no work could earn. Rest in salvation.
Remember that no amount of work can provide every breath you take, the sun on your face, the showers of rain, the rhythm of each heartbeat. God gives good gifts freely, no strings attached, not because you’ve earned, but because he’s kind. Embrace the Sabbath he’s given you. Bless him with your trust and stop your work, acknowledging he’s the provider and without him it’s all meaningless.
Remember that Jesus is enough. Embrace the freedom of knowing you can never be enough. Jesus came to share the enough-ness of who he is with you. He’s enough to make you worthy, to make you the friend, mother, wife, person you could never be on your own. Stop trying to prove your worth. Rest in knowing he gives you worth.
Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good. It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones. Psalm 127:1-2
The tension of living between the kingdom of this world and God’s kingdom breeds a weariness no earthly remedy could satisfy. On the days your heart longs for rest look to Jesus. In him you will find what your heart is longing for!
Beck is passionate about encouraging women to use their influence for other women and has written the ebook Sister to Sister; A Mentor’s Handbook. She is the Director of Online Community for CausePub and is also the founder of Mercy’s Refuge, an outreach to the vulnerable of Serbia. You can connect with her at her blog The Accidental Mama, or on Facebook.