Rest up 

I enjoy reading about Jesus’ relationship with his disciples. I can sense the excitement and the awe that they felt every time He talked to them. In Mark chapter 6, the disciples are busy doing God’s work and teaching people. They get so busy that they barely have time to eat and rest. In verse 31 Jesus tells them “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Nowadays most of us are busy either doing God’s work or just working in general. If Jesus were to show up at your house after a long week of work, he would tell you the same thing. He would command you to get to a quiet place and get some rest. This is actually a daily command. What does your place of rest look like? Do you have a quiet place?We could look at answers to these two questions by considering metaphorical answers and physical answers. The Bible refers to rest many times. It is important that we get enough rest so how body can function well. Our body, soul and mind are connected so each part counts. If you haven’t found a place where you can escape the daily hustle and bustle, I strongly encourage you to look for one. Find a spot where it is just you and the Lord. No tv. No phone. No family. Just you and Jesus. If you can get to that place on a daily basis, you will see your spiritual life improve by heaps and bounds. Jesus can refresh your soul. The Holy Spirit wants to revive your spirit and rejuvenate you. Take a break!

I also like to have an afternoon or a whole day dedicated to resting. All I do is wait on the Lord or read my Bible. I don’t look at social media. I just unplug from the noise of the world. Those are the best times. Treat yourself to true rest in the Lord. I enjoy mediating on the Word. I just close my eyes and think of a verse or just ponder on the wonders of the Lord in my life. I make an inventory of what He has done. It truly boosts my faith and it gives me the energy I need to face the next day. I ask the Lord “Jesus give me the rest that I need in You. I can’t do this on my own. I depend on You and I rely on You for everything. Thank You because Your yoke is easy and light. I am blessed to have You in my life. You are my source of peace and rest. In Your dear name

I pray. Amen!”

Take the time to rest seriously. Jesus even said that “the Sabbath was made for men and not men made for the Sabbath” in Mark 2:27. Rest is precious and valuable because it allows us to be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit, to share love without being grumpy and to maintain a healthy prayer life. (See how I just tied this week’s messages together right there? 😊). Enjoy some much deserved rest! God bless you! 

Suggested reading: Psalm 37:7; Psalm 127:2; Mark 6:32; Hebrews 4:9-11


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