I love y’all but today I’m not writing for this for you. Instead, I’m going to get real comfortable in my seat in the choir and preach to myself because there are some words I need to hear that I can’t seem to get into my thick noggin. So here goes:
YOU NEED REST WHITNEY!
Can any of you relate? If so, I invite you on my own personal tour of what spiritual rest should look like. (And if you are pretty good at getting rest already just read along so you can remind me from time to time.)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.Matthew 11:28-30
Personally, I know that I have heard that verse about 987652424252 times. It’s like an annoying little fly buzzing around in my brain in times when I am overwhelmed and exhausted. I think what makes it such an annoying verse for me, is that as a mom, wife, and homeschooler, backing away from all the physical demands of my days and taking a rest seems like such a temporary solution to curing my exhaustion. Sure I can Netflix and chill for an hour or two, but when I’m done the work will STILL be there (and will probably have doubled somehow) and I will be right back to where I started: overwhelmed and exhausted.
This past couple of weeks have been a flu-induced crazy town at my house. While husband (who was the only one who miraculously avoided getting the flu) handled our lives, I basically just laid in a bed for 4.5 days and alternated between moaning, high fevers, and boredom. I can’t recall another time in the last 5 years where I have been forced to be so stationary and unproductive. Yet, while my body (although sick as heck) was in full rest mode my mind was a hurricane of thoughts. My body was jello and my mind was far from restful.
Which of course brought the aforementioned annoying fly verse to the forefront of my mind and I think the key part I have always overlooked is the bit about finding “rest for your SOULS”.
Obviously, God wants us to rest our bodies and not run ourselves ragged, yet the older I get and the more I pile on my plate I am finding that no amount of physical rest can tame a weary heart. When my mind is a
Taking moments of rest in which we breathe in the Holy Spirit, pray, listen, and reflect are exactly what I personally need in my life to gain the stability and strength to sustain me when my days leave me weary. I think I need to have more moments where I cast my burdens at His feet and do nothing but listen for His voice. Although I seem to be a slow learner on this front, I have realized that without quiet times before the Lord my spiritual armor gets a little rusty, my patience starts to disappear, and my ability to adult and parent without anger goes out the window.
I need to let God fill my cup more often than I seem to realize, yet what that looks like in a day already so full it could burst? I’m still figuring that one out. I am not one to journal or to remember to do my bible study homework regularly but I think my best spiritual rest comes when I play guitar and let myself be an instrument of praise. I try and fit that in when I can and when I can’t I try and sneak away while my kids eat lunch or while they are otherwise occupied and turn on some worship music and read something encouraging steeped in His word. I have friends who have their quiet time late at night or early in the morning with a cup of something good and a good devotional by their side. (And more friends still who only find their quiet moments for five minutes on the toilet with the door locked and their phones on a devotional app.)
Your quiet time could look a myriad of ways as long as it provides your spirit with an opportunity to unburden in His presence. I would love for you all to comment on how you fit in quiet time with the Lord.
And if you see me out in the world looking like I could explode, tell me to go find some rest.