I need it. I am too weak to good without any of it — physical rest, emotional rest, spiritual rest, and mental rest. I have not done well in this area, and that is sin. God brought this down on me in the last few days, and this passage hit me:
Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).
Those words rain down upon my parched and weary soul. Shouldering all the burden — that’s what I tend toward. But I’m not very good at it, and eventually I crumple under the pressure.
These words drew tears out of me yesterday morning during worship:
I hear the Savior say, “Thy strength indeed is small. Child of weakness watch and pray, find in my thine all in all…”
Then I read this yesterday from Cornelius Plantinga Jr’s Engaging God’s World:
…the creation story doesn’t end with a work order. The first account of creation stops after a seventh day. God speaks six times on six days and then stops. God rests. But each of these days also has a night. And God rests then too! God doesn’t talk all the time. God doesn’t work all the time [….] The idea right from the start is that there is a time to speak and a time to be silent, each in turn. There is a time to work and a time to rest from work, each in turn. We forget this because we live in a wired world where computers don’t need to rest. But humans do. To say so, God in Genesis 1 does a remarkable thing. He creates human beings on the sixth day and then gives them the next day off! [….] our work is important, but not indispensable. Our work is important, but so is rest from work. Work is very good, but so is contemplation after work is over. And so Christians across the ages have made space in their lives to honor God’s sabbath — a space for worship, for refreshment, for the silence that comes from the very rhythm of God (29-30).
My thick thick head and ribcage is finally letting the message through into my mind and heart: Rest. In Him. Is what I need. Often and consistently.