I hope you are all about to have a day full of love and God’s blessings!
At this very busy time of year, you may have noticed that rest almost disappears from your vocabulary. At least it does mine. About the time I get a chance to sit down, thinking I can finally just breathe, the phone rings, someone needs something or about 10 other things I have forgotten. Once again, rest is elusive. My mind is circling in a dozen directions and rest just cannot be found.
Read this excerpt from Jen, at Dayspring as she gives us a critical reminder of what is really important, not only in this busy Christmas season, but every season of our lives.
Finding Rest in the Christmas Rush
Jen – Dayspring
The thought of rest is one that seems all too elusive in today’s lightning-speed culture of news, technology, work, demands of daily duties, children’s activities and even church commitments, especially during the holidays. It’s ironic. The reason for the season is Jesus, yet through the holidays, actually setting time aside with Him can feel impossible.
In Matthew 11:28-30 MSG, it reads “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
With this in mind, let’s try to remember (even during this busy holiday season) to truly embrace and enact what He has perfectly promised us in His Word: rest.
Note: You may be more familiar with this version.
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
28 Come to me, all 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.