Give You Rest

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

—Matthew 11:28

 

 

There is a popular song out now that speaks about the extreme hurry people seem to always be in.

Tight schedules.

Too much to do.

No free time.

Pressure from all sides.

The lyrics paint the picture of this kind of life, then they simply say:

Breathe, just breathe
Come and rest at My feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need
Is to just breathe

(Breathe–Jonny Diaz)

A few mornings ago, I think I woke up with this song on my mind.

Instead of “breathe, just breathe” or “and be, just be” I was thinking,

“Me, just Me. Chaos calls, but all you really need is just Me.”

Just Jesus.

He’s all we really need.

Shouldn’t we just take the time to go to Jesus with all our concerns?

Time to reflect on His goodness and His love?

 

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I Will Give You Rest

 

 

I have a favorite scenic place about a thirty minute drive from my home.

Serene and lovely, the still waters beckon me to be calm, as well.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

—Matthew 11:28

Our hearts will forever be in a state of unease and confusion until we open them to Jesus.

When we do, He will give us rest.

 

 

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Those In Need

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We have a family member that is ill.

They have been in the hospital for quite some time and their condition has been a matter of prayer through these past days and weeks.

When an illness strikes, it can be overwhelming.

What about treatment?

What about medications?

Which hospital is best?

What doctor should be chosen?

Yesterday and today were especially trying with a lot of details as our family member is being transferred to another hospital.

As I was driving down the highway just before sunset, I suddenly saw a rainbow in front of me.

I stopped the car at a local business and got out to take some photos of the glowing arc in the sky.

Driving a little further, I stopped again—this time at a service station near a lake.

Because it was so beautiful, I just had to have more pictures!

While I was looking at the rainbow, “Everlasting God” by Chris Tomlin came on the radio.

I started singing along, agreeing in my heart that God truly is the everlasting God.

He comforts those in need.

Our family is in need right now.

I am reminded that God will meet our needs as our hope is in Him.

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You are the everlasting God,
The everlasting God,
You do not faint, You won’t grow weary

You’re the defender of the weak
You comfort those in need,
You lift us up on wings like eagles

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord…

—Chris Tomlin

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He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

—Isaiah 40:29-31

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Let Us Not Become Weary

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Have you ever noticed how some people can type lightning fast?

I’m talking about so fast it’s like a blur.

For example, the clerk that checks in patients at the hospital emergency room.

“What is your insurance identification number?”

Zzzzzzzip!

She just looks at it and her fingers fly over the keys in a millisecond.

Or how about those people at the property tax office?

“How much do I owe this year?”

Clack, clack, clickity clack, POW!

Their fingers zoom across the number keys at a dizzying speed and voila! There’s your total.

How can they do that?

Come to think of it, how do people who work in assembly lines perform their tasks so quickly and so well?

How can ballerinas stand on their toes?

How can musicians play their instruments so beautifully?

How does anyone EVER run a full marathon?

There is a common thread that unites them all.

They become accomplished at what they do, in part, because they spend a lot of time doing it.

If there is something that is important to us—something we really want to be able to do well—we are going to have to begin trying to do it.

If we want to be able to recall God’s word, we are going to have to spend time reading and studying the Bible.

If we want to be comfortable greeting visitors in church, we are going to have to begin by approaching newcomers, shaking hands and striking up conversations, even if it doesn’t feel comfortable at first.

If we want to be a good spouse, parent or employee, we must identify those attributes that are most important in those roles and start implementing them into our lives consistently.

What does God want us to be good at?

Let’s get started!

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Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

—Galatians 6:9

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On Wings Like Eagles

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Do you feel weary today?

Are you weak?

Are you tired?

Are you stumbling, feeling like you’ve fallen too far to get back up?

There is hope for you, for me and for all of us.

That hope is in the Lord.

I photographed an eagle yesterday.

The wingspan was wide and powerful looking.

If we hope in the Lord, the Bible tells us we will renew our strength and we will soar on wings like eagles.

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Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

—Isaiah 40:28-31

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