Rest. Sometimes it seems to evade us. Most times, we avoid it. Rest is not just about a good night’s sleep. Although, I would really like to have one of those!

I woke up this morning with the desire to experience some good rest. As I went to do my devotions, the scripture and theme was rest. Hebrews 4:9 “There remains, therefore a rest for the people of God”. It wasn’t just a desire, it was a God-nudge.

Jesus also slipped away right in the middle of the busy. And Jesus was intentional about leaving it, to be still.

Yes, rest is something God has designed, prepared and already secured for us in the future. This scripture reminds us of this truth.

Yet, it is as equally true that in our day to day, through our troubles and challenges, God wants us to experience a state of rest.

When life is busy and chaotic, when so many people and things are demanding our attention, when life won’t stop and we want to – how is rest possible?

For my answer, I reflected on the model Jesus set for us. He woke up early to rest in God. He sought God before everything else, to ask His will, seek His direction and just be with Him, to be refueled and replenished, even before He needed that feeling. Morning devotions and morning prayer is not just for that moment but for the moments to come. When we are too hurried and too rushed for time with God, we will miss the rest we so desperately need.

Jesus also slipped away right in the middle of the busy. The crowds were always after Him. Chaos and loudness and the needs of others were always present. And Jesus was intentional about leaving it, to be still.

Busy. Loud. Chaos. Need. Hurt. All these will always be around. Jesus’ example permits us to take moments away. To leave them behind and rest in God’s presence. We don’t have to be afraid or ashamed about slipping away. Intentionally leaving what takes our energy away from us and moving towards what gives us energy, is what God wants for us.

Are you tired? Are you drained? God calls to us from Matthew 11:28,
“Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

God reminds us that rest is found in keeping in step with, in connection with, in being surrounded by His presence. In Exodus 33:14, he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Rest. Sometimes it evades us…but it doesn’t have to. Rest. Sometimes we avoid it. Today I went after it. I lingered a little longer in His presence this morning. I needed it then and I know I will need it throughout my day. And when the busyness of today bids me to keep going in my own strength, I am going to intentionally stop and be with God. God can handle all that is trying to handle me, without my help. How about you?