Are you an A-lister? Anger, anxiety, antipathy, avarice, acrimony, aggression, arrogance and antagonism can be flooding your system now. Are you so afflicted you’ve become an alarmist, antisocial agitator who cannot adjust? You might have tried to change, or to pretend it isn’t there. But it only continues to besiege you. I wonder how many who visit this blog are under stress. Hang in there. I’m glad you are here. Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, you’ve exhausted all ideas, a thing of beauty appears. The answer is quite simple but sure, which makes it profound — accept His invitation.
Why not enter the rest of all rest ? Instead of speeding up, it might be time to listen to your tired mind and body and scale back, all the way back to God, the creator of rest. Let your pain bring you gain. Jesus invites saying “Come unto me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Aren’t you glad God is serious about rest? The world does not rest on your shoulder. The weatherman knows that by heart. God told man to multiply and flourish, to till the ground, be a good steward of His creation, to love your neighbor. He never said we are to control the climate. That is His job. Such as, He makes sure the planets don’t collide. The solar radiation, change in the earth’s tilt, earth’s orbital distance from the sun, plus latitude, temperature, air pressure and amount of water are the combined major factors that influence weather. With that in mind, I imagine the climate czars look like toy-makers to God. Do not feel small either if you don’t have appointments for the holiday, the weekend or Friday. Sit back and take time to meditate and worship. No amount of latte can lift a wilted fragile human spirit. We really need God’s rest. What is that?
In the Bible, the Hebrew word for rest is shabath. Does it sound like Sabbath? After creating the world in six days, God rested on the seventh day and instituted the Sabbath rest. That is why Jesus is called the Lord of Sabbath, the Master of Rest. You bet, He instituted rest to their land, servants and animals too. This rest means to cease working, but the goal is to be refreshed, like recharging a battery. Yet we are more mindful of how we work, not how we rest. We make sure our work is well done, which is impossible when you are tattered and warped. We try to save enough to afford a more comfortable life. But we jam more work into our free time. Now, we don’t talk to each other, or go out to make friends because we’re busy on our phones. We are missing by a long shot, for our rest has not even reached the inner soul, the mother of all rest.
How is that? Sabbath rest is something we do with Him and in Him. It does not mean emptying your mind , changing the pace, the scenery, or just sleeping away. These might help, but it is about filling yourself with Him. Quite unique, don’t you think? One factor affecting our rest is our perception of time. And how is that not related to our heart’s condition, what we feed our soul? To be refreshed, we need to cease from labor to attend to our soul. Interestingly, survey said that compared to those who skipped, people who regularly worship during the pandemic scored higher in happiness and are more mentally fit.
When even the sun seems to stop smiling at you and the moon loses its peaceful glow, you know you are spent. It may not be the best of times. But it’s not yet the worst. Relax. A long time ago, the rainbow first appeared in the sky to remind us that God will not use flood again to judge the world. But of course it is also a reminder that God will judge one day, just not with water, and just not yet. Every baby born is God’s message that He has not yet given up on mankind. Life will go on till we come to our final resting place. What kind of rest would you like that to be?
Simple Prayer: “Refresh me. Clean me and fill my cup Lord now with You” For seven day meditation: Ps 16:5, Ps 23:5, I Jn 5:11, John 3:15, Jer 29:13,John 6:47