Here is today's thought for your consideration and our devotion.
May you enjoy a a most blessed day, today!
Grace, Good Health, Wisdom, Love, Joy and Peace,
Greg Spencer, email@example.com
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
The mid-term elections are over. Results are not complete. The media was filled with talk and speculation, fueling anxiety prior to the election, and now continue the focus for who knows how long. How are you feeling, or, as John Wesley frequently asked “How is it with your soul?” Have you breathed a sigh of relief, or do you continue in the anxiety? (Is it blessed rest or ongoing stress?)
As good as Jesus’ word sounds, even though true, there are some who prefer to continue to live in worry, fear, or upset. As if it has become “normal”, such that they cannot conceive of or allow themselves to rest. They may complain about it, but don't do it.
Unique to the Judeo-Christian tradition is the “commandment” to rest. Without it, we forget to enjoy, appreciate, our lives and the good therein, and to renew our vitality and strength. (There will be more stresses and problems to come. When rest is given, it would be wise to take advantage of it.)
Isn’t it strange that we often have to force ourselves to rest, relax, enjoy, and renew. It can be one of the most healing, refreshing, restoring things we do; making us, those around us, and heaven, happy too.
So, take a breather, one or two. Refresh and renew. Give thanks when each problem is solved, over and through. The space between can be a most welcome blessing, for those who do. For those who do not, well, life goes on too, same old, same old, anxious, frustrated and tired too.
But I seem to recall God saying something like “Behold, I make all things new!” (Revelation 21:5)
I’m not sure it is a good idea to be left out of that one. Do you?