Sometimes, it’s very exhausting to juggle responsibilities all at once – full-time work, church’s commitment, relationships, business – and be productive. We come to a point where we tend to reach our boiling point whenever stress comes in and end results might be a toxic environment, frustrations arise even more, and it tears us apart at times that causes us heartaches. Our souls need regular rest. They need breaks. They need moments when they can disconnect from the craziness of life and just enjoy the moments they are in.
Hard work is part of life, of course. I’m not against work, exertion, or even exhaustion. There are seasons and moments when we will put in long, hard hours, and our rest might suffer. But that can’t be our lifestyle 24/7, week after week. We need a habit of rest. We need a philosophy and an outlook on life that says,
“I don’t have all the answers, and that’s okay. God does. He can do more while I sleep than I can when I’m awake. So I’m just going to do my best, and I’m going to rest in the fact that God is in control and on my side.”
Ultimately, of course, God wants us to have rest in our souls, not just our bodies. But the two are very connected. It’s harder to beat the rest on the inside when you are not resting well on the outside. And it’s easier to handle external pressures and problems when your soul is healthy and relaxed.
Rest is not the absence of problems. It’s the presence of Jesus. He is the only source of our true rest. He told His followers,
Come to me all 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.