Learning to Rest

By Pastor David Speas

I'll be honest, rest isn't something I do well.  It's not that I can't sleep or that I don't know how to have fun.  I already do both those things.  It's just that, if I rely on them, they always leave me feeling empty.  Eventually the movie ends.  Before I know it, the dawn breaks.  And then what?  My "rest" is over.

Something God has been teaching me recently is how to find rest in Him.  At it's core, rest isn't the absence of stressful activity, but a byproduct of our relationship with Christ.

When I spend time in God's presence, He gives me rest.  When I take a walk in nature and experience His creativity, it brings rest to my soul.  When I find myself humming my favorite childhood hymn, peace floods my heart. 

I definitely haven't arrived.  But I'm learning to focus on Him and allow Him to give me the rest my heart so desperately longs for.

Matthew 11:28-30-Come unto me, all ye that labour 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.