True Rest

In the midst of the pandemic, where boundaries between home and work have become blurred and self-isolating has become the norm, it’s hard not to be restless. On the plus side, more have become mindful of their physical and mental health. Unplugging and spending time away from work, devices, and other day-to-day distractions is much more common. During the pandemic, there has been a rise of RV and campsite rentals – a positive and restful byproduct of the social distancing requirements. However, one element is often overlooked: the importance of spiritual care in finding true and complete rest. 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:28-29 

The Greek word for “rest” in this verse holds the same meaning as the Hebrew word for “sabbath” that is used in Genesis 2:2“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” However, contrary to what we may think of rest, God didn’t cease work. He took his throne and reign after completing creation. In the same way, God instructs us to rest by entering into his reign and his rule, knowing that in the midst of our anxieties and struggles, He is sovereignly walking alongside us. 

As difficult as it is, resting in God means completely surrendering up the worries of your heart. Put aside time in your day or week and practice some of these things:

  • Remind yourself who our God is. Our Lord is good, sovereign, loving, constant, faithful – the list goes on and on. Who is God to you in your situation and struggles?

  • Learn of His promises found in the Bible. Find some time for a devotional. Do not be discouraged if you can’t do it every day. Making an effort to read His Word will help you on your path to true rest. Looking for a place to start? Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon is a pick we recommend.

  • Look at the bigger picture. We often find ourselves focusing on little details and quickly forgetting God’s grander plan. What are you anxious about? How is God using these situations or circumstances that you are experiencing?

  • Thank Him for the good in the circumstances you are in. God doesn’t expect us to thank him for our suffering, but when we remember the ways in which He has provided comfort and growth, peace and joy fill our hearts.

When we holistically care for our bodies, minds, and spirits, new strength is gained and a peace that transcends all understanding is found. So, go on that walk, read that book, and write in that journal. But don’t forget the key to true rest: enjoying and reflecting upon your relationship with Jesus.
 

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