Learning How To Rest

Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Put My yoke upon your shouldersit might appear heavy at first, but it is perfectly fitted to your curves. Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. When you are yoked to Me, your weary souls will find rest. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 (VOICE)

    Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by all the chaos, all the overthinking, all the worrying, all the anxiety. I am still learning how to not only leave my burdens at Jesus' feet, but to rest as His feet, too. 

    I believe most of us are so consumed with life that we inadvertently neglect to recover from it all. Our worry turns into fear, fear into anxiety, and suddenly nothing else matters. We relentless try to find solutions to our issues instead of entrusting them to God. We tend to make our issues seem bigger than they are.

    If our lives always revolve around fixing our problems, we not only lose sight of God but we also rob ourselves of the peace we truly need. So how exactly can we experience true rest despite our overwhelming circumstances? 

    We must first learn to trust God with confidence. Every burden and every care that is weighing us down must be cast at His feet. We need to stop clinging to our problems and stop trying to solve things on our own strength. We can't be totally oblivious, but we must not be so consumed with life that it becomes difficult to experience rest. We shouldn't quit pursuing the things we long for: our relationships, our careers, our education, our passions, our busy schedules. Despite how stressful it all may be, we are still called to live life. So instead of quitting altogether, we must find a balance that allows us to face life (and all that comes with it), trust God when we know not what to do (which is mostly always), and receive adequate rest.

    Rest is essential. Just like our physical bodies needs rest, so do our spirits. We have to detoxify and unclutter the things that preoccupy our time, our space, our minds and focus on what truly matters. Sometimes that means turning off our TVs, laptops, and/or cellphones. Going somewhere quiet. Removing any and all distractions. Resting in God. And in that moment, it will feel like heavenwhere no trouble is in sight and peace abounds.