Job 20, 21; Matthew 11

Maybe it is because I am a mother, maybe it is because I haven’t had a full night sleep in over a year, maybe it is because I have always had a difficult time taking it easy, in any case, while I was reading I kept coming back to the word “rest” in Matthew 11:28-30:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (MSG)

Rest is the cessation of work, exertion, or activity, peace, ease, refreshment, sleep, quiet relaxation, relief or freedom from disquiet or disturbance, mental or emotional tranquility, etc. I understand the dictionary meanings, but I have never truly grasped what it is to rest. I am one of those A+ type personalities that is ALWAYS on the go. Even when I lay down to try and sleep, my mind is still running a marathon.

My husband can lay down and in less than 30 seconds (no exaggeration) be sound asleep. When I asked him how he does it he shared that he clears his mind of the things he cannot control by turning them over to God.  I have a difficult time doing that. I turn them over, and then I end up taking them back a little while later. My mom suggests soaking prayer– a period of time to become thoroughly wet, saturated by immersing myself in God’s liquid love, really resting in His presence.

As I read in Job, I wondered had Zophar been ‘well rested’ would he have been so critical of his friend. If Job had been truly resting in God, would he have asked so many ‘whys’? I do believe that Job eventually learned how to rest in God’s presence, and as a result, his life was recovered, what was lost was fully restored and greatly blessed.

I know that in my exhaustion, I am not the best person I can be; I am not the best woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. I get frustrated easily, I lose my temper, I struggle with taking my thoughts captive, I am critical and controlling.

I know that something must change or my light will be hidden under a bushel. Even if I don’t know what it looks like now, I can learn from Jesus, in His gentleness, His humility, how to rest in Him second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day…I think I’m going to put myself in time-out.

Jesus, as you encouraged me, I will come to you. I am tired. I am worn out. I am burned out. In myself, I have nothing left to give anyone. Please, Lord, show me how to rest; not just physically, but teach me how to rest in You, in Your arms, in Your presence, even in the midst of my circumstances and the disturbances of my day. Show me what real rest truly is. I want to walk with you. I want to learn to live in freedom and in grace. Help me recover my life. Amen.

Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India

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6 responses to “Job 20, 21; Matthew 11

  1. allen4myfamily

    Thanks for this reminder. I can totally relate as a mom. I think about how often I go to other things that I think will give me rest, like the tv or computer. When I only feel completely rested when I go to Jesus & His word.

  2. allen4myfamily

    Too funny…after I posted my comment, it showed up under Allen’s name. This is really Amy:) (amyctanner) …I could especially relate this morning after being woken up by the kids. When I was hoping to sleep in, since they have off school today!

  3. Carol

    “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
    My dad often said, regarding difficult circumstances, “Don’t let it steal your peace.”

  4. Julie,
    I love how honestly you spoke. Your words, “Help me recover my life,” are especially heart wrenching when I step into your prayer. Even when all I can do is wait, go through the motions, or just do the next right thing, I cling to the hope that my Lord, Christ Jesus, will whisk me away and somehow make all things new, restore my work, and remove me from this season of…sigh. Yet, Job suffered greatly; make no mistake about that, which kind of scares me!

  5. Christine Fenske Esser

    I especially can relate to the mind running a marathon! I enjoyed this because I am learning -AGAIN- that I need to REST and realize that I am a human BEing, not a human DOing! I tend to want to DO things for God, which can be good…but more than doing things, He wants me, my heart, my time in His presence…and to just BE with Him! Thank you

  6. I love The Message. Thanks for drawing focus to the source. I especially like your husband’s approach by giving things he can’t control over to God. I often process those things over and over … Courtney

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