I’m tired. I bet you are too. If you’re a mom to one, two, three, four or more … I bet you’re tired. Because the world pulls at you: the kids have needs, the committee has demands, your job has requirements, the house needs tending, the bills need settled, meals need to be made … And there’s no rest for the weary.
Or so it seems.
You just want a few moments of peace, some time to rest and re-emerge renewed, but rest is often elusive for moms, and it’s not just moms of the wake-in-the-night newborn set. Any mother who’s stripped a toddler’s wet sheets, wiped a child’s feverish brow, quieted a broken-hearted adolescent, or waited up until a teenager returns home knows that reality. It sometimes seems that under-eye concealer and a pot of coffee are the tools of the trade.
And then there are the voices: grave headlines declaring destruction, loud opinions spewed across social media, instructions to do this and avoid that. It’s enough to make anyone go a bit crazy. And it all echoes around in your head, noisy, and there’s an absence of rest … true rest.
But finding rest is important for anyone, and it’s especially imperative for the intentional mom. The question then becomes how? How do we drown out the noise and set aside the busyness? The answer isn’t a tool, a habit or an approach.
The answer is Him.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
Did you hear that? He will give us rest.
Rest isn’t something to be sought; it’s a gift to be received.
Because rest isn’t found in an afternoon nap, eight hours of sleep or a release from life’s busyness. Rest, a deep soul rest, can only be found in the person of Jesus Christ. And that’s what we want, right? You, me … we all long for a deep soul rest that’s felt in our bones and into the very depths of our soul.
In Matthew 11:29, Jesus says, “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.”
Rest for your souls … it’s found in Him, and Him alone.
If you’re tired today. If the news of the world is wearing you thin. If the voices of opinion are echoing loudly, and thoughts are swirling relentlessly. If rest seems elusive. Then press into Him. For the author and creator of rest longs to give it to us in abundant measure. Because rest isn’t a tool, a habit, a place or an approach. Rest is a person. And He is Jesus.
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