As the weather gets colder (we’ve already had snow here in Kentucky!) and the days get shorter it’s a sure sign winter is coming (or already here!). It is something my husband and I dread and always brings about conversations about our plans for moving south (much more south) when our kids are grown and established. But as I sat this morning sipping my Holiday Blend coffee and watching the last few leaves flutter and swirl to the ground, I was reminded that the earth needs rest. It’s labored and bore beautiful flowers and plants, vegetables and fruit for our taking all year. Now it is entering a season of rest and dormancy. Rest is essential. Rest began with God, “God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it he rested from all his work of creation” (Genesis 2:2 CSB).
I used to get confused about “rest”. I would read the verse in Matthew, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 CSB), and would think, “I have come to you, Jesus, but I am still so tired!”. With raising a family, work and just the everyday demands of life, I often found that I was already tired upon waking in the morning. But as I began to learn to surrender things to Jesus and sit in His presence and allow His peace to wrap me up like a blanket, I began to understand more. The next verse says, “Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your SOULS” (Matthew 11:29 CSB, emphasis mine). I began to learn that when I surrendered things to Jesus I found rest from my anxiety, rest from my worries and rest from the busyness of life. Physically tiredness is one thing, but spiritual and emotional fatigue are another. The Psalmist says in chapter 62, verse 5, “Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him”.
Maybe God has called you to something new this season, or maybe He is prompting you to remove some things from your life. This is so important as we approach the Holidays and our “to-do” lists and calendars can become over-filled. I urge you to be selective about what you say “yes” to this season. That little nudge of dread could be the Holy Spirit telling you to pull back and rest in Him. With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, I pray that I will take time to sit and reflect, and REST in God alone. I’d love to hear your thoughts on rest! Leave me a comment and thank you for taking the time to read this!!