Rest. Release from striving. Put your feet up and sit a spell. Take a nap.
My mother used to always say, “There’s no rest for the weary.” While I never fully understood what she was saying at the time, I do know she worked awfully hard. All the time. Guess rest was elusive for her to grab hold of.
When I was a pre-schooler, my mother used a bribe to get me to take my naps, possibly so she could get some rest at the same time.
During the summer months, Mom told me if I took my nap, she’d buy me a banana Popsicle when the ice cream truck came by. Once I heard the jingle of the ice cream truck outside, I’d wait until I heard Mom walk out the front door. Only then, would I close my eyes and fall asleep. When I awoke, there was a banana Popsicle waiting for me in the freezer.
This was my mother’s way of getting me to rest so she could rest. Bribery. And it worked.
While things of the world may offer us rest, our only true rest comes from God. The All-Sufficient One never grows tired or weary. He doesn’t need for us to rest so he can. God offers us rest because he knows we cannot run full-throttle through life without growing tired and weary.
God is the one who gives rest to the weary soul. We are told to cast our cares on him. When we do, there is no need for concern, because we know God will handle everything.
The familiar 23rd Psalm tells us our Good Shepherd makes us lie down. He knows we need to rest. He invites us to rest in the shelter of his wings. It isn’t bribery. It is a promise.
What are your thoughts on the subject?
I wish you well.