I read somewhere that the Chinese pictograph for busy is two characters -a heart and killing.
Isn’t that appropriate?
The clock ticks fast everyday as I move from breakfast dishes, to lunch dishes, to dinner dishes and then back to breakfast time once again. The calendar pages flip fast and before I know it we are saying “Happy New Year” once again!
And there at the end of the year, as I’m exhausted from holiday expectations…I feel it…the heart killing.
And so hope is restored on January 1st. When the slate feels clean and a new year begins. The idea of a second chance to slow down, rework my priorities and live well begins…but inevitably, by March, I’m defeated.
I have done it again.
I have made myself too busy again.
I am just so tired…again.
And then Jesus.
He speaks into my busy day and says,
“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.”
He bids me to come…he promises rest.
But I rush right past him in the morning – hopping onto Facebook and Instagram…for just a minute. And that minute mushrooms into 20 minutes and the coffee maker beeps, reminding me my coffee is ready. It’s time for my quiet time with Jesus. It’s time to obey his command to come and exchange my weariness for rest.
But as I sit down to pray, it feels like a wrestling match.
I am distracted by my to-do list and it feels like a thousand invisible enemies fill the air, the moment I sit down to pray.
And I have to fight for it.
I have to fight for my time alone with the Lord.
I have to believe that the heart killing is a real problem and I want a heart that is alive and full.
I’m reminded of Ecclesiastes 4:6 – which says:
“Better one handful with tranquility
than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.”
Are we leading a one handful life or a two handful life?
Look at this contrast!
One handful -> tranquility —> rest
Two handfuls -> toil —–> tired
Ecclesiastes 4:6 tells us which is better – one handful.
Yet I still insist on picking up two handfuls! OH the wrestling is real my friends.
But I know the secret to finding rest – it is found in Matthew 11:28. It is found in Jesus.
Are you weary? Are you burdened? Come to Jesus.
But you may say, “I am doing this and I am still exhausted. How do I stop?”
Let’s take this one handful thing – one step further. Let’s look at the Sabbath Rest.
Not the legalistic Sabbath rest we see the Pharisees imposing on Jesus in Matthew 12, but a grace filled day set aside for the filling of our hearts with worship and rest.
I practice a Sabbath Rest every Sunday.
Some things to remember from Exodus 20:8-11 about the Sabbath:
- Sabbath means rest. We are told to REMEMBER it! Remember that you are human – not a machine – do not neglect rest. God WANTS you to rest.
- Keep it holy – our day of rest is not just for going boating and picnics –it’s to be a holy day. Remember to worship.
- Work 6 days and then rest 1 – in the 10 commandments God does not designate which day is to be the day of rest. It only gives us the pattern of working 6 days and resting 1. In the Old Testament the Sabbath fell on Saturday. Then in Acts, whe see the Christian church meeting on the first day of the week for communion – which would have been Sunday.
- We are not to make others work on the Sabbath – the commandment states that our sons and daughters, servants and oxen are also not to work. Create a community of rest in your home.
- This is all based on God’s example in creation – God created the earth and everything on it in 6 days and then he blessed the 7th day, called it holy and rested. He didn’t rest because he was tired. He rested because He was setting the example that we are to follow. Work 6 days and then on the 7th – call it holy, be blessed and rest.
Jesus did not abolish the Sabbath in Matthew 12 – he merely put his foot down against legalism and rules and regulations that are heartless. Some professions have to work on Sundays –we are not to judge.
We will be tempted to try to put rules on this special day – (note Matthew 12:1,2 – when Jesus picked grain to eat and the Pharisees attacked him ) –but that misses the heart of what God meant in creation for our Sabbath rest to be.
The Sabbath rest is a gift.
It’s the secret to finding rest.
We must humble ourselves and acknowledge, we need it. Give yourself permission to put your feet up –guilt free friends!!!! Run some bath water – soak in there alone and be still. Pray.
And trust –we must trust that the work load we have – God will help us accomplish in the 6 days we’ve been given to work.
Let’s ban together today and declare – we are putting one handful down.
We are women of one handful. We are women living well. We are a women of rest!
Because we have a Savior who is carrying our heavy loads for us. Leave it all in His hands and begin resting this weekend!
Walk with the King,
Are you practicing rest in your life? How?
What is getting in the way of you saying “yes” to rest?
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