Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to Me [Jesus] all you who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest.”
I need His rest, and I imagine so do you!
The world we live in – is so fast paced. Even for those who have another trial, outside of chronic illness, we can struggle to cope with this fast paced life. It’s easy to feel pressured to immediately reply to that email or text. Or to do that for so-and-so right at this very second. We forget that, we too, we need rest.
The other day, I just sat at the word “come”. As I come and surrender everything, I need to lay at His feet and rest. What does such rest look like? I grapple with this a lot. Does it mean no TV while resting? Absolutely not (and I have to remind myself that it’s okay to watch TV).
I am trying to learn what exactly “come to Me [Jesus]”, looks like for me. On a daily basis. When maybe it’s more than a little bit hard to sit with my Bible and my laptop is being used by someone else. I am just trying to learn how to come. I know I make big mistakes, but it is about continually making an effort to come and sit at His feet.
I hope this may encourage you, especially if you are struggling. And remember I am only a comment away, so if you guys need support… reach out whether its for prayer or to have a like-minded believer to talk with… I am here for you all.
For the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “rest.”
Sundays are known as the day of “rest.” But, what is rest? Do we even get it? Rest is the thing that redefines our day. Rest has a few hidden, or not-so-hidden, lessons wrapped up in this gift of rest.
Our Rest Lessons
- Busyness is not your friend.
- You need to take care of you.
- The endless “to do” list can wait.
- We need to set aside time to rest and reflect.
More importantly, rest reminds us that we need Jesus.
We are weary souls, who can run anywhere from here to Timbuktu in search of rest. Our weary souls need someone this world cannot deliver. Our weary souls need Jesus.
Rest has to involve Jesus. When it doesn’t, our spirits lose out on the rest it needs. Rest should be something we treat as a blessing. Like many things though – when we don’t rest, we experience the consequences of it. Rest is not only a human-thing, but a gift-thing. Even Jesus rested. After everything was created, God set aside that seventh day to rest.
It is when we rest
that we can slow down
and just celebrate
the work God has done in our lives.
Just rest. This is God’s gift for His child. We can rest and run to Him. Our souls are spent every single day on many things. Every single day, we spend our souls until we are down to nothing. It is time to be replenished. Just take time to calmly rest. However God calls you to rest, celebrate the gift of rest.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30, ESV).”
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World is one of those books that most Jesus-following women, involved in women ministry or even maybe found it on their own, have heard about. They have discovered the one necessary thing that is discussed in this book based on Luke 10:38-42. This book is well-received, because of its message. It is about a closer relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is about putting our walk with Him at a higher priority, and choosing Jesus over any service we could perform to try and earn others’ accolade.
This book has been very life-affirming for me. I have been learning so much, as I read each chapter. I didn’t notice how much of Martha-related tendencies that I carry with me, and how it affects my relationship with Jesus Christ. So much time is spent on doing things, that may seem like good stuff to be involved in. Yet, somehow, I miss the one thing that is needed. God misses that intimacy time with me, just as I do. Only, it took this book to remind me that I do miss that much closer intimacy. What I am missing in my life is more Jesus!
This book is a call to slow down, and spend time with our Creator. We need to reconnect to our Life-Giver. Our Vine. John 15 talks about this. We need to stay connected to Christ, like Jesus teaches us. He is our Life-Giver. Mary knew what she was doing when she stopped everything to sit at Jesus’ feet.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself;
it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. (John 15:4)
No amount of service can replace our need to spend one-on-one time with the Lord. We must focus on that one necessary thing. Only then, can we know where to join the Lord in service.
There is only one thing worth being concerned about.
Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.
Disclaimer: I I received this book courtesy of Waterbrook Multnomah, in exchange for a honest review.