You wake up. You stretch. You realize that wonderful truth, it’s your Saturday. A day off. A time of rest. Relaxation.
Except, is it really relaxing and restful?
We are a weary people. Though we can make dinner in minutes, we are burdened and wore out. The deadlines, schedules, chauffereuring of kids build up our inability to rest. Sure, we find time to binge Netflix and keep Redbox movies a few days longer than we intended, but we are not finding true rest.
We can see restlessness
- In the faces of the fellow parents in the drop-off line,
- In the teen’s face at Old Navy,
- On every dad who takes his kids to the park, but is not with them,
- In marital spats,
- In the need to be constantly entertained,
- And in the dreaded stillness of quiet.
There is more to our weariness than staying up to late, having too much work to accomplish, or being tired. This is not how you were made to function. You need rest. You are going to burn out. Who is going to suffer?
You don’t need more “me time.” You need quiet time that turns your focus to Jesus. He said,
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Take Him at His word. Learn from Him. Find the gentle, humble Rest Giver who offers refreshment of your soul. The rest has always been an offer to those who follow God. Why not read Psalm 103 and note any verses that lead you into His rest.