Our need to rest...
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.”
~ Matthew 11:28
"I will rest when I die!"
Funny how rest seems to be a weakness, rather than the realized need for our bodies. We live in a world where long hours and prolonged efforts just seem to be encouraged and when we admit that we are tired, well, let's just say, we seem to be missing out on the proverbial "rat race."
It's not that we don't want to keep up, the reality is that we were created in a way that rest is our built in way to retreat from the world. Even God, who created each of us in an image that is similar to God, who also needed to rest after creating all things, reminds us to keep one day a week holy to have sabbath.
Sabbath is the intentional time set aside for worship and rest. It is something that God not only wants from us, but actually felt so strongly about it, that Gid gave this to Moses as a commandment.
Since I meet people often at the end of their life, it is amazing how many people tell me that their biggest regret in life was not taking the time to "stop, rest, and enjoy the beauty of the world."
Rest is something we all need, and is something we all can do. Just look around, depending upon where you live, I will bet there is at least one mattress store, if not a dozen! It is as if God is subconsciously reminded us that we need rest!
To seek rest is something that we need, and it is not an option. May you find rest unto your soul as you remain in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.