As one who suffers from an Autoimmune disease, I have to carefully balance work and rest. Sometimes I get overly ambitious and pile on too many tasks to complete. I don’t take time to rest, so I hit a wall. Then I can’t do anything productive the rest of the day. I have to “save” some energy for my evening tasks like making dinner and climbing the stairs to tuck my daughter into bed. I was reading the scripture that says, “Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” My thought was: Do I live in the shelter of the Almighty? What does that look like?”
Prayer: Oh God, You see my days. I have cut back considerably on what I’m responsible for and yet I still try to overachieve. I know though, that rest is key. If I rest, I do have enough for what I need to get done in a day. Do I live in the Shelter of the Most High? What does this look like?
God’s Word to Us: Come to Me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take up My yoke for My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Shoulders hurt because of much too heavy burdens. The body is delicate and can only shoulder so much burden or stress. Come to Me first for rest. Rest good and rest well. And when it’s time to resume those activities or those responsibilities, then ask Me what is necessary. I promise you I will provide for you the right amount of activity for your growth but not be an ill fitting load. But you must learn to rest. Rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I love you and I don’t want you too tired to do your work. So rest when I tell you. You’ve been pushing it lately. So stop. My heart’s quick response was, “I know I have. I wanted it all cleaned up. I was just so tired of my house being messy and cluttered.”
God further encouraged my heart by saying, “But you need to rest when I say rest, no matter what. Take breaks. You are not a machine, you are one who suffers from an illness and who won’t get better if you keep pushing it. I know your body intimately and I know it’s breaking points . . . where you have been doing damage again. Please just stop if I say stop.”
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary
and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you,
because I am humble and gentle at heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy to bear,
and the burden I give you is light.”
My Heart’s Cry was to seek God about living in the shelter of the Most High. What does that look like? It’s being in His will and being contented. It’s asking Him what is necessary, not me overextending myself, trying to be a perfectionist.
Rest during the busyness of the week
My tendency is to add 10 extra things to the original task. Then the task is ill fitting. “I promise you I will provide for you the right amount of activity for your growth but not be an ill fitting load.” This is the balance. We are our own slave drivers or taskmaster. We won’t give ourselves breaks. But the Lord is gracious. He does. Do we listen when he says stop and rest?
Take one day for a deeper rest. Some may say this is lazy and you lose so much productive time. For me, it’s the biggest faith step I do all week long. It takes me all morning to cast my cares on Him. Every time I think about a task I should do or some problem I need to solve I give it to Him. A few minutes later another worry replaces it. Then I have to give the new worry to Him. I keep saying I’m not going to solve this today, I’m going to rest today. This process goes on and on until about noon. Once I have finally gotten all the busyness out of my system I take a nap. When I wake up, I eat. Then the rest of the afternoon, I’m as cool as a cucumber.
When I was reading the scripture again, I was caught by this phrase: “Let me teach you,
because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jesus is humble, but am I humble? Am I humble enough to leave things be and not have to be perfect? When I’m in a rush am I gentle at heart? No, not me. This scripture says that I will be humble and gentle if I am willing to be taught by Jesus. I think I understand better how to live in the Shadow of the Almighty and find rest for my soul. My prayer is that you have too. I’d love to hear from you. Comment on how you take rests during the week and deeper rests on the weekend. Also, how does perfectionism add to the tasks you already do? Does it make your load too great?
May you enjoy God’s rest daily.
Matthew 11:28-30 & Psalms 91:1.