“Most of the things we need to be most fully alive never come in busyness.
They grow in rest.”¹
REST. QUIET. In our busy world, it is very difficult to find either. Even when sleeping, we may not be truly resting. We toss and turn, our minds filled with concerns of the day and worries of tomorrow. Then the alarm suddenly goes off. So soon? We hit the snooze button in an attempt to capture that little extra moment of rest, which is never enough–so we push the button again and again . . .
God knew the importance of REST: “Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done” (Genesis 2:3).
Jesus knew the necessity of REST: “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’ ” (Mark 6:31).
Where do we find rest and quiet in the busyness of today’s society: (28) “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)
In a world of constant noise and activity, strife and turmoil—
rest and quiet can only be found in Jesus.
Shh. Slow down. Seek quiet time. Be tranquil. Be still. Find comfort and restorative solace in Jesus. A peaceful, serene, untroubled REST and QUIET awaits us in the presence of the Lord, our Shepherd.
¹ The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
² He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
³ He refreshes my soul. (Psalm 23: 1-3)
Citation: ¹ The Holy Wild: Trusting in the Character of God by Mark Buchanan
(Sharon G. Tate blog 09/06/15) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word