And I Will Give You Rest…

It’s been a wonderful holiday with family and friends. I’m grateful to have them all in my life as we draw near the end of this wacky year. There’s been holly and jolly and sparkly till my heart’s content.
But, if we’re being (extra) honest here…….
The amount of times I’ve heard “Mommmmm….Mommmmm….Mommmm”, followed by an ungodly amount of repetitive questions this past weekend makes me want to go and lock myself in the closet for a brief moment… just me and the still, quiet pieces of fabric gently swaying in the tranquil breeze from the air vent. Slowly inhale for 10 seconds, exhale 7 seconds, as I’m peacefully adding an order of grace to my mental shopping cart. I snap back to reality to find myself gazing out the window and the dishes not quite washing themselves. Hey, it was a nice timeout while it lasted.

Don’t you ever wonder, though, how God does it? How does he handle the constant asking, begging, pleading? (I’ve even been known to whine a bit). Multiply that times every human being in existence. Some barely holding on, and others simply thanking him for his grace and mercy. And he never gets a break. What’s so hard to wrap my head around is that he’s not like us in that sense. He never tires of hearing from us. He never turns away our cries. In fact, he flat out commands us to cast all our burdens on him. Reflect on this offer from Jesus: ““Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST (renewal, blessed quiet) FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.”” (Matthew‬ ‭11:28-30‬ ‭AMP‬‬)

He tells us to come directly to him. To trade in our legalistic efforts and our “doing enough”, and accept his REST. He instructs us to LEARN from him. My friends, here’s the part where (if you’re like me) many of us cut our obedience to this command a bit short. Just as I want my son not to merely continue asking the same things with no real objective, Jesus says to “come to him” (ask), but subsequently follow that with accepting his rest (believing that he will follow through) and learning from him (what can I learn while I’m faithfully waiting for his timing).

We can faithfully trust that we are not playing a senseless game of depending on a God who does not keep his word. We can rest in knowing that his promises will never fail, and every piece of our lives has a perfectly crafted purpose. Will you commit with me, in swapping our focus from asking without believing, to 1) believing in his purpose and love for us and 2) seeking what we can learn from him as he leads us every step of the way?