Rest can be so elusive in this chaotic world. We chase after so many things, telling ourselves if we only get a little more of this or of that, THEN we can rest. I want to ask you a question.
Do you know what it means to rest?
I’ll be honest with you, me neither. I often think of resting as things like taking a good nap or sitting with a book in a cozy chair. Maybe it’s the moment when you take the first sip of freshly brewed coffee/tea or that feeling after a really good run. (Full disclosure, I don’t know what that last one is like. I only run if something is chasing me.) All that to say, we all have our own thoughts on where we go to rest, or more importantly, what we go to.
I find when I don’t understand something, starting with a definition can be helpful. So, I looked up “rest” in the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary and one of the definitions is, “Quiet; repose; a state free from motion or disturbance; a state of reconciliation to God.” That last part really got me. A state of reconciliation to God. I looked up reconcile next and one of the definitions said, “to call back into union and friendship the affections which have been alienated; to restore to friendship or favor after estrangement.”
The Bible so often uses our physical realities to point us to a greater spiritual need. So, weary soul, take heart. If things feel out of sorts, God has something to say to us about it. We are never alone when we have taken the hand of Jesus, but I know sometimes it can feel that way.
Maybe that is why you are here. Maybe you just need someone to walk with you, to let you know that He still sees you. Guess what? I need that too. I pray my vulnerability as I write gives you permission to feel your own.
We need restoration, not just rest.
In this season of my life, I have clearly heard an invitation from the Lord to “come and see.” So, like a journalistic disciple, I am going to follow Him and watch His every move, listen to the sound of His voice, and hopefully learn from Him. Want to come?
We have been invited. He is the invitation. The door is open. Let’s see what’s inside…