“I just need some time away.”
This was the thought that coursed through my mind after an exceptionally difficult afternoon of disrespect and unkindness. If I could just get away for a little bit, take a tiny break, have some time to think without 3 little voices chiming in, then – THEN – I would be able to come back rejuvenated and ready to tackle this motherhood thing.
But would I really?
Would being in a different environment provide the rest I’m looking for?
Would having a different job description make my life less stressful?
The words of God speak to my heart:
Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
You know what?
My rest is not inhibited because of where I am, what I’m doing or who’s around me.
My rest is disturbed because I choose to depend on myself rather than on Christ.
I can have rest in the middle of a stressful conversation and I can be without rest in the middle of a tropical paradise.
True rest cannot be found in a different place or surrounded by different circumstances because ultimately? I carry the same sinful heart with me wherever I go.
Rest is not about the position of your body, but the posture of your heart.
Find your rest in Christ and you’ll discover you have true, lasting, peaceful rest – that not only lasts beyond stress, but replaces it altogether.