After I returned from vacation, everything was in high gear (and still is). I had 4 new hospice patients to see at various ends of the earth. Our patients are in their homes, so I do a good bit of traveling. Today, I was in high gear again. However, God slowed me down for a minute.
As I was leaving a visit with a patient, I stepped out and felt a cool breeze that forced me to stop and recognize the glory of God in the midst of what I was doing. I leaned my head back for a moment just to enjoy what God was doing through nature.
The hearts of many of us in our area were shaken this week when a 14 year old shot a teacher and 2 students in a nearby elementary school. This was on the heels of crime and riots in Charlotte, NC which is within a few hours of us. Many also are worried about our national situation as we will be electing a president.
Through all this tragedy, God still whispers and send the wind to remind us that He is still in control. Don’t be so busy that you miss God’s gentle reminders!
For six days (two of those including travel), my wife and I were invited to spend a few days with her sister and her family. They are extremely hospitable, and we enjoyed a few days away from the day-to-day issues of life so we could clear our minds and enjoy family at the same time.
The concept of rest is important to God. He, the Creator of the Universe, took the seventh day of creation to rest. Was He tired? No! He was, however, setting a precedent for us to follow. Jesus extended an invitation to enter His rest in Matthew 11. Yet we are determined to prove our ability to push through without rest and ultimately crash and burn. I speak from experience. Four years ago, I didn’t know if I would bounce back from a short-lived crash that felt long.
My friend, please understand the importance of resting from the craziness of life. Jesus got by Himself frequently to refocus and pray. We need the same.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, you can’t afford to go beyond your limits. Jesus stands ready to give you His rest. Embrace it!