Thursday, November 15, 2012

Take Time for Rest

Sometimes, when the leaves are falling, and the sky gets dark at five o’clock, the world looks like I feel. We seem to be running short on time and energy together. This is a busy season. Halloween has come and gone. The elections are behind us. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year loom before us. Add to this the daily stresses of bills, shopping, traveling, studying, cooking, eating, working, parenting, and others and it’s hard to keep up.

At times like these, I am comforted by Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:25-34. In these verses we are reminded that we are not able, through worry, to add even a single hour to our lives. He goes on to tell us that God knows what our needs are and promise us that when we seek God and His righteousness, He will take care of our needs. So why do we worry so much? We have no need to be anxious about food or drink or clothing or the many other things that burden us, because God loves us and provides for us.

Today, rest. Take some time to pause and step away from the flurry of activities. Again, Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” So sit and drink some coffee or tea, pray, read, reflect, or give thanks. It is a busy season, but it is in busy seasons that it is most important find moments, hours, or even days of rest.

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