Come Nap

Matthew 11: 28

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

I guess this passage has been on my mind much more than I realized. This year has been, for me, a year of trying to balance work, rest, and play. I over-burdened my life, and it took a toll on me. Our Lord blessed me with this scripture back in March and it has remained so pronounced in my mind and heart that I could not believe I had not written on it this year. I would have bet the farm that I had. Today, in journaling, Father reminded me of it as a suggestion for the Word of the Day. I can believe many of you have worn yourself out by this time of the year. We begin so fresh in January. Apparently, I made it all the way to March before I began to burn out. What about you?

Are you tired? Have you taken on more responsibilities than a normal human can possibly handle? Is it time your Superman/Superwoman cape overdue to go to the dry cleaners? Please allow me to share some other translations with you:

Come to me, all who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.”      God’s Word
Come to me and I will give you rest—all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke.”     Living Bible

The three versions certainly paint a vivid picture. I see myself in that scene. Do you?

Interestingly enough, this is really a passage about partnership. On the one hand, the simplest part is that Jesus wants to soothe and comfort you. “Come,” he says, “and I will give you rest.” In March I had to jump at that if nothing else. I needed rest. Whether you need physical, emotional or mental rest, Jesus truly is the way. I discovered that even physically, I was never resting as well as I should because my mind was in a constant whirlwind of ideas, thoughts and to do’s. Even when I rested, I didn’t rest. I needed, and you might too, his rest. He gives us rest for our minds and rest for our spirits. He touches our minds and souls with his anointed rest so that we sleep restfully. He gives us his peace so that we are able to slow down our minds. The truth is, we will find it very challenging to hear His voice if we don’t have stillness. The other sad truth is that we actually get less done when we operate outside of peace. Yes, I am a high functioning multi-tasker and I like it that way but I also have to realize there is a time to slow down and let the deeper work take place. The creative process needs a quieter mind to work with. Mine was so jumbled with pages of to do items that I had a hard time keeping single line focus. I had to keep a pad next to me to write down the ideas and to do’s so that they wouldn’t continue to derail the project I was attempting to work on at that moment.

Here is my best advice. Breathe. Take some moments to breathe, deep breaths. Exhale until you cannot exhale any more. Let your heart rate come down and then, once you have achieved a level of calmness, talk to Jesus. Really do it. Talk aloud to him. Tell him that you are there to receive his rest. He promised it, so receive it. Allow yourself to inhale his peace. He said he gives you his special peace so let’s have it and live in it. Now, maintain this divine peace as long as you can, but fear not. Anytime you find yourself getting wound up again, repeat these steps.

Next week let’s talk about why this is a partnership passage.