The Beauty of Finding Rest
"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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
This morning I was reading through Matthew and let me tell you these verses hit me like a rock. Recently, God has really put on my heart that I need to learn to adequately rest in Him. Especially, with Fall classes quickly approaching, I have felt the need to find rest in Jesus rather than be consumed with anxiety and stress. If you know me, you probably have associated the labels "over achiever, perfectionist, control freak, etc." In which I will not deny, I am all of those things. Although, a lot of these labels and attributes of myself are seriously lacking unwavering trust in God and hindering my ability to find true rest. I know some of you might be thinking "girl, it's not that hard to sit on the couch, watch TV and not think about anything" and you are not wrong. But that is not the rest I am seeking. I am seeking rest in Jesus not rest from worldly things. With that being said, when I mention rest I am not necessarily referring to the physical rest of sleep and physical healing. I am not excluding physical rest, but I am primarily talking about emotional and spiritual rest. I am striving to find rest in God's plan. His plan for my life, of getting a college degree, internship, job. To not put so much weight on my own actions and have unwavering faith in God's plan. His plan for my mom, (for those of you who do not know please reference https://www.bemm.net/). Furthermore, I want to find rest in creating disciples and speaking the Gospel. I pray to have an unwavering faith and truly find rest in Jesus because his "yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Personally, finding rest is actually harder than running my body dry. I hate to admit it, but I literally strive on being busy. I do not do well with down time and hate being alone to think about "what if's" in my life. So to cover those doubt's what do I do, I turn to wordily responsibilities to get my mind off things rather than turning to Jesus. So as you can tell, finding rest is Jesus for the thousands of thoughts and doubts running through my mind has really been placed on my heart and I would really appreciate your prayers as the semester is coming around the corner.
Lastly, if you struggle with finding rest I encourage you to reach out to your church community. DO NOT do this alone, please. And if you do not have a community, please reach out to me and I would love to be there for you!
Thanks for reading!:)