“Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Rest? The Lord promises us rest?
It’s time that we stopped trying to carry all of the burdens on our own; instead, we should allow the Lord to take control of our circumstance. Why is it, that all we hear lately is how tired people are? Okay, I understand. You are tired. I have caught myself saying it; until one day, I listened to my negative words and decided that I may be tired, but with the Lord’s help, I wanted to change my way of thinking from negative to positive.
I made a promise to myself that whenever I spoke to people, or to myself, that it would be words of encouragement. Being negative all of the time takes it’s toll on your thinking, but it’s a difficult habit to break. I was willing to try, if it meant that people could feel lifted up after they spoke to me. If people were lifted up in their spirit, then I could also feel encouraged. By changing my attitude, I changed the whole atmosphere around me.
When you are in doubt about what to say, it is usually best to remain silent until the words from your mouth and the meditation of your heart is on the Lord.
In the past week, I have seen and heard numbers of people, who are overworked, report their very busy schedules on social media, and complain that they have no time to rest in their demanding positions. Yet, the Lord commands us to rest.
The very idea that we could possibly fit rest into our busy schedules is ludicrous; and for some people it could even seem an impossible task in this age: however, this is exactly what we have been called to do: rest.
We may not like it; we may be stressed; because we can’t add ten more hours of work into our day, but it’s time to put the brakes on our busyness, and rest.
He Leads me Beside Still Waters
Still waters are not tumbling out of control, or trying to fill every crevice of their surroundings; they are still. No movement other than stillness. Still waters are a place of peace. The world stops long enough for us to breathe in fresh air and rejoice to be alive. Still waters gives us time to notice God’s creation and appreciate being in his presence. Still waters are not troubled with details about how to manipulate every move that will be made to advance further down the stream. They are not concerned with the next promotion, or crisis. The Lord leads me beside still waters so that I can be reminded that he loves me. It’s impossible to fret when we are focusing our whole attention on being in his presence. There is faith and trust in his presence. We may not know how everything will turn out, but we have this assurance that it will.