Hi friends! Grab your coffee cup & take a seat. Wherever you may be—let’s take a breather together. Are you ready?
I’m sitting at the kitchen table in my family’s lake cabin. I’m looking out the window & all I can see is water. There aren’t any boats or people. As far as I know, we’re the only ones out here today besides the family of geese that’s posted camp on our beach.
As I’ve been learning more about rest, I’ve found myself asking — Okay God, how do I rest?
Matthew 11:28-30 says “Come to me, all of you who are weary & carry heavy burdens, & I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble & gentle at heart, & you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear & my burden is light.”
Come to God & He will give you rest.
So often I overcomplicate rest—especially when I don’t want to stop on my journey. I’ve found that taking the first step—hitting the “pause button” for the first time is the hardest part. Sitting still is not easy for me & I struggle to grasp what God wants me to do to rest…BUT that’s just it!
He doesn’t want me to do anything—He wants me to come to Him, lay my burdens at His feet, & He will do the rest—giving me rest. I can’t find rest alone. It’s a gift from God that He so desires to give. And rest isn’t supposed to be hard. “for my yoke is easy to bear & my burden is light.”
Pioneers can’t carry a lot of baggage around on their journey. Bob Goff says “love big; pack light.” There’s no room for unneeded things & I don’t have enough strength to carry it all. God calls us to cast our burdens on Him so we may live freely.
Pioneers don’t let things weigh them down on their journey. They keep their eyes fixed on the sky & stop along the way to rest & restore so their journey may continue. God calls us to REST in the Lord in this same way. We won’t make it if we keep going without rest. God sanctifies rest & He says it’s part of our salvation. He beckons us to lay down our burdens & rest in Him. And rest isn’t always the easy choice. Pioneers have a destination in mind, a goal set—with enough motivation to go & never want to stop. But they too will run out of steam if they do not rest. God gives strength no other source can give. This rest brings all the peace, joy, & purpose to keep going.
So drop the heavy bags. Don’t fill them by taking on more than you can handle or comparing your journey to others. Every pioneer’s journey is different & they venture at their own pace. Let God handle those bags.
I like to think we’re all pioneers in one way or another—journeying though life step by step. My hope & prayer is to keep both of my hands free from carrying those heavy bags so I might experience life to the fullest in freedom from Christ.