Need a Rest?

Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

Lockdown goes on. Furlough exists and the future’s unclear. Diaries all emptied, but so many tired. It’s time to spare But we’re left weary.

And isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”.

Do you need a rest? Are you weary? This offer of rest is good news to so many of us.

I wonder where you are …

Are you tired from the routine of life? Maybe watching weeks fly by as hopeful holidays remain unbooked? For some, annual leave has accumulated, but the end of the financial year is coming first.

Are you fed up on furlough, wanting a rest from waiting, trying to find activities to fill the days?

Are you drained from job hunting or self-employed and constantly refiguring with covid restrictions?

Are you weary from Zoom, yet alone, missing the presence of sitting, silently, in someone else’s space with a cup of tea?

Are you relentlessly looking after young children, someone in need, or a relative? Although you wouldn’t change it, a rest would be so welcome.

Maybe you’re exhausted by the fear of covid for yourself or others, the uncertainty of the future for exams, careers or something else?

Are you worn out by trying to reach out to God? Would you love to experience the freedom of His grace at a new level?

Jesus knows and Jesus cares.

In the past we could turn to breaks, holidays, activities to give our minds and bodies a rest. I wonder if now, with many options removed, Jesus is inviting us to meet with Him. Find our rest in HIM and not our circumstances.

What if we can find rest when we fix our eyes on Him? Deliberately carving out time to enjoy reading the Bible, praying, and releasing our tight grip on the stresses in life and trusting them into His hands.

Paul inspires us that we too can learn how to be content in a situation by trusting in Jesus. And he was in prison for ages! He knew first hand about missing the freedom to see loved ones, going new places and feeling cooped up! Yet he found how to be content by focusing on Jesus.

And the good news of the Bible is that REST IS AVAILABLE FOR YOU TODAY.

What do you need rest from today?

How do you think Jesus could meet that?

Rebekah Taylor