Today is the 15th day of August and time just keeps, very quickly, marching on! Sometimes, it marches on so quickly that we become overwhelmed. We just get really tired. Have you ever felt that way?
Maybe it’s time for some R&R. A week- long cruise to a tropical island, a weekend at some quiet place or maybe just an hour alone with Jesus on the back porch. You see, it really doesn’t matter where we are, what matters is that we spend some much needed time alone with our Savior. THAT is where our peace comes from. THAT is where our solace comes from. THAT is where our joy comes from! When we haven’t made time for that, we grow weary and distressed.
One of my favorite verses is Matthew 11:28-30
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Is it time to give up your burden? Has it grown too heavy for you to bear? HIS yoke is easy and the burden light.
The Daniel Plan
“Resting in the Lord will give me the strength to get up and try again.”
The prophet Elijah was one of the greatest prophets of all time. But at one point in his long labor of resisting Israel’s evil queen, he got burned out. He told the Lord, “I quit.” The Lord knew what he needed. First, Elijah needed rest. The Lord gave him time to sleep, and then an angel woke him to offer some food he needed to eat and water he needed to drink.
Often the solution to burnout is as simple as that: rest, nourishment, and hydration. Elijah needed more. He needed some alone time with God. He traveled forty days and nights to get there. He had to get far away from the place where he labored to a place where he could be still and at peace. And God met him there, in that alone place. They had a bluntly honest talk. God renewed Elijah’s soul. Then he honored God and went back to work filled up
What do you need? Rest? Food? Water? Time with God? Sometimes it’s as simple as pouring yourself a cup of water and letting God quench your thirst.