This past week brought rain off and on and sticky, humid temperatures that have been more conducive to inside activities rather than outside summer fun. As the week progressed, I realized that even with extra time on my hands, rest is not my friend. I am not good at giving myself the gift of rest or allowing it to be an integral part of my daily schedule. My body still feels as if it is in the middle of the school year with deadlines, paperwork looming and specific schedules to follow. Reality has not caught up with the part of me that craves rest and a regular rhythm.
As a newly retired teacher, I have an endless summer to fall into a rhythm, but the desire to create this sooner is strong. I began to reflect on those things that bring me a sense of peace. When peace enters our daily lives, the rhythm of rest arrives in the letting go and the slowing down. I began to make this list of images that soothe, renew and bring a slow down and steady rhythm…
The steady beat of rain against the bedroom that lulls me back to sleep
The warm summer winds that cause the trees to sway in a slow dance with no music
The bursting of the sun as it appears above the horizon in a glorious welcome for a new day
The chance to curl up on the couch with coffee and a good book
The blank slate of a calendar that doesn’t presume anything and opens your day to new possibilities
Each rhythm, each beat, each picture left me wanting rest, not just in one moment, but in a way that frees up my daily schedule to let peace enter in.
Several questions continue to haunt me – where do I find rest? Will I know it when I find it? How do I embrace rest and renewal as my mind continues to race through each day? A look at God’s Word is all it took to find the answers embedded in the many promises He extends to His children.
God promises us we will find rest in Him.
Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1
God promises that in choosing the good way, we will find rest for our souls. Reaching outside of ourself will take our eyes off us and instead focus them on the God of rest.
This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16
God promises that in our weariness, we will find rest. The yoke of grace and truth is light. Allow God’s yoke to become yours and renewal will follow.
“Come to me, all you 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.” Matthew 11:28-30
Finally, God pulls us through our weariness, messiness and busyness by His restoring grace. We come out stronger on the other side because we allowed God to lead our daily rhythms rather than trying to plan it all ourselves.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:10-11
Each promise of rest starts with God and His Word. The choice of allowing the rhythm of rest into our lives begins with God’s Word in our hearts and God’s praises on our lips.
How do you seek the rhythms of rest in your daily life?
In grace and peace,
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