Now that summer has officially arrived can you find some rest for your weary body and mind? Boston’s rush hour traffic is back to where it was in 2019 according to a recent data study just released. Top this off with summer travel and you have a formula for high anxiety or excess stress. Stress has been a leading factor for health issues from strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, depression, etc.
Too often we can find ourselves running around everywhere on the weekend only to be so overtired by the time Monday comes. Our bodies and minds require rest to recharge our batteries. More importantly, our spirit needs rest. Yes, it is necessary to have the right amount of sleep at night to be more productive at least seven to nine hours.
When our heart is not right, we are weighed down by something, somebody, or destructive sin in our lives that we lose true rest. We need to ask ourself what did I do wrong? Did I overstep my boundaries toward some body or toward others. To find true rest we must humbly and willfully come to God’s throne of grace. This means a one on one between yourself and God the Father. God made the way for access to find true rest. Let us come to the throne of grace with confidence.
Here is a promise from God for you to hold onto today and this week:
“For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world. So let us do our best to enter that rest.” But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall.
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:10-11, 14-16 NLT.
A daily quiet time is important with the Lord and ourselves, because our mind, body, and spirit need to be renewed daily. We become healthier and wiser.
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-30 MSG
Have a great weekend my friend and may you find rest today.