I don’t know about you, but I’m emotionally spent. These past few weeks have been very taxing on my heart and mind. I keep feeling God nudging me to rest, but feel like there isn’t time to relax. It’s a crucial habit to cultivate, but one we often neglect.
When burdens are heavy
Sometimes the pressure of parenting, being a good wife, a loving daughter, and a faithful friend feels like too much. I fall into bed at night wondering how I will ever keep up this crazy pace. Well, I found a little slice of rest today in the middle of a mundane task, and I am certain it was a gift from God.
I know one thing, when you are carrying the weight of the world around on your shoulders, you get tired out fast. God never intended for us to lug all of our burdens around. That’s why he told us to cast our cares on Him.
This morning I walked to the front of my house and saw a billion weeds glaring at me. I knew I had to get rid of them. I stood there, feeling hatred towards Adam and Eve for failing so miserably and making me suffer. Sweat and toil, sweat and toil. It never seems to end. I just pulled all of these weeds and here they were again, taking up more of my precious time. But I love my front porch, and want it to look nice, so I put on my knee pads and started pulling and dodging spiders.
Embracing work and finding peace
Instead of rushing through the chore in order to get to my next task at hand, I embraced what had to be done, took my time and even tried to enjoy it. The sun was shining, the kids were playing, and the more I worked at it, the prettier it looked. I took deep breaths and forced myself to work while relaxing.
I stood up to admire my progress and stepped on a rake—causing the handle to pop up and bang my face. Even then, I held it together, but that was my cue to take a break and go sit in the sun with some water.
I didn’t pick up my phone and look at Pinterest, or text my daughter. I just sat there and looked at the blue sky sweeping down to touch the green tips on the tree line. The point is, throughout the day, I felt a calmness and gave me peace. It is possible to feel peace in the midst of chaos when you place your stress in the proper place.
Here are five verses to remind you to rest in the Lord when you feel weary:
1. Galatians 6:9: “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
2. 1 Peter 5:7: “[Cast] all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
3. Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
4. Proverbs 3:24: “If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
5. John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
He loves you and will sustain you through it all.