When we’re in challenging seasons of life, taking time to rest is usually one of the last things on our minds, but actually, it should be one of the first.
Resting can mean taking an actual rest by stopping our usual activities and allowing our minds, bodies, and spirits to be renewed.
But resting can also occur while we’re still working.
“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 at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’”
- Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
Based on this passage, resting in my day-to-day life for me has always been the idea of stopping and starting - stopping whatever God wants me to stop doing, and starting whatever God wants me to start doing.
When we come to Christ, we have to stop whatever we’re doing, drop whatever we’re carrying, and start doing whatever He tells us to do, as well as to start carrying whatever He gives us to carry.
For me in my current season of life right now, this means that I find rest when I:
STOP talking, begging, complaining, and comparing
START listening, thanking, praising, and celebrating
STOP trying to fill the silence and emptiness with busywork
START learning to sit in the silence and allow Him to fill the space
STOP taking any action (with no prayer)
START taking the right action (with prayer)
STOP trying to line things up
START allowing Him to line things up
STOP focusing on the impossibilities
START focusing on the abundant possibilities
STOP becoming impatient and frustrated
START resting in Him and enjoying Him
STOP thinking God is against me
START thinking God is for me
STOP chasing the Dream
START chasing the Dream Giver
What about you? What would resting in your season look like for you?
What do you need to stop doing?
What do you need to start doing?
I can tell you from experience, the longer you stress and strain under your own yoke, the more stress and strain you’ll experience in your season. The longer you carry your own burdens (or other people’s burdens), the longer it will be before you can receive the “light burden” He has for you (like a special task He’s created just for you that will bring you so much more joy than what you’re doing on your own).
That is how we rest: letting go of what’s not from Him and taking up what is from Him.
That’s how the work becomes easy and the burden becomes light.
That’s how we find joy, peace, and rest for our weary souls in the midst of a silent, hectic, difficult, or painful season.
How can you start resting today, dear friend?
Spend some time with Him as soon as possible and ask Him these two questions:
Father, what do You want me to stop doing?
What do You want me to start doing?
Make a list as He speaks to you and then, do what He says.
Wanna learn to rest in your own season?
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