Finding rest

With a smile on my face I repeated over and over ‘Good Morning!’, ‘How was your break?’, and ‘Can I help you?’ The first day of school is now in the books as quite the success. Then came evening of the first day.

Since we were celebrating our 30th anniversary, my husband cooked a wonderful dinner including a smoked one-pound lobster tail. Amazing seems an apt description!

After eating the crashing started as total exhaustion moved up my legs until I couldn’t keep my eyes open. My body was desperate for rest so I set a timer and slept 25 minutes. So refreshing!

Reading David’s words about resting in God, I quickly realized the rest he spoke of was not physical. We’ve all been there- worried, stressed, and burdened. When our emotions are stirred up and our minds seem to move at a million miles an hour, true rest can be elusive. Where can we go for help? David wrote-

“My soul finds rest in God alone…

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him…

Trust in him at all times, o people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”- Psalm 62: 1, 5, 8

O how I wish I could write about how I lay my burdens at the feet of Jesus and never pick them up again… but I cannot. Just as I will need another nap today after day 2, I must keep returning to the feet of Jesus to lay down my burdens and find rest. Repeating this process has led me to go longer between picking up some burdens again while for other burdens it is a day-by-day process. Yet learning to find rest in God alone is building my faith and teaching me to trust him more while he fills me with hope while sitting at his feet. Maybe I’ll finally leave all at his feet but I can be a slow learner and maybe building faith in me requires going through this process day after day to keep me sitting at his feet.

Lord, my soul finds rest in you alone! Teach me how to trust you more as I lay my burdens down at your feet and find true rest for my mind and soul. May those who are burdened today find rest at your feet. Amen

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