Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Needed Rest

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (NLT)

Rest. A necessity few get enough of. I recently heard a fitting quote: “We need to come apart before we come apart.” Jesus rested, and he was the divine Son of God. He got tired from walking, talking and being hounded by crowds who were only interested in what he could do for them. So he stopped to rest, tend to physical needs, and spend alone time with his Father. If Jesus needed rest, I suppose I do too. Rest is not total cessation of labor but a different outlook. Jesus said the Sabbath was made for man. Our bodies need at least one day a week to wind down and catch up. Resting also allows time for reprioritizing. When exhausted or stretched thin, work becomes meaningless. We go through the motions, doing more but accomplishing less because we’re brain dead. Periods of rest-along with reflection on life’s meaning, enables us to view our existence through different lenses. We are here to serve God joyfully through every activity.
God can transform meaningless actions into purposeful pursuits.