“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
If you are parent, grandparent, or deal with children often, you understand the concept of ‘no sleep.’ With a four year old and a newborn at home, sleep is a precious commodity. With that, in one of those sleepless nights trying to comfort the little one – rocking, patting the back, singing and the like… In addition to knowing and thinking about work in few hours, a gentle voice proclaimed, ‘I am your rest.’
In that very moment, I realized true rest is in the person of Christ – not in a place, nor in how much sleep I get, nor was it about me at all. Furthermore, He reminded me, not only is my rest impinged on him, that perfect peace, all my abilities, all my capabilities, my family, as a matter of fact my whole existence is in reliance on him.
“For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes.” (Jeremiah 31:25)
Have you been operating by your own strength or are weary from life trails? Jesus is calling; Jesus is willing with open arms to usher you into a new rest. He is the only one that can provide this level of rest.
Written by Juan Mendez: Juan is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and full-time staff member at America’s Keswick.
Daily Quote: “God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.” – Augustine
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” – Romans 8:26