Have you ever been running around your house frantically trying to get things done, only to go to another room and forgot why you even went there in the first place? Then spent the next few minutes asking yourself, “What am I doing again?” You stop, think and then eventually remember. Or maybe you go on to the next task and then in the middle of something else you remember the first thing you forgot? Well, over the last 6 weeks, adjusting to life with 5 kids (newborn through 16 years old), it seems like I have been asking myself this question a whole lot lately. At times I feel like Dory in Finding Nemo, always having to be reminded of the task at hand over and over again.
I’m no Bible scholar, teacher, pastor or someone who will say they study the Bible extensively (although I probably should) so I don’t always have an exact Bible verse that comes to mind. I will have bits and pieces of verses that will pop up during situations or circumstances I’m faced with. As I thought about these last several weeks and how quickly they have gone by, I am reminded of the verse in Matthew 6:34 that says “Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (HCSB) Yes, today has enough trouble. I think it may be why I get so weary at times because I’m worried about too much. I worry about the things I didn’t do yesterday and then what I need to do today or what I didn’t do today that I will need to do tomorrow and the next day and the next, etc. I’m exhausted just typing all of that out!
As I sat down to type this today, God put the word “weary” on my heart. He always gives me a word knowing the verses that I need to read are exactly for the moment I’m in. And no matter how common or popular a verse may be, it never fails to bring me to a place of feeling refreshed and renewed. In Matthew 11:28-30 it says “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (HCSB). The first thing I seem to forget at times is right at the beginning of the verse…”come to me”. So simple, right? When I’m stressed, Jesus says “come to Me”, angry? “come to Me”, sad? “come to Me”, yet still I forget those words. That’s when there’s chaos, no hope, no light at the end of the tunnel, no way out. If only I would go to Him in the first place, I could have avoided the craziness consuming me. “…and I will give you rest.” and also “…and you will find rest for yourselves.” Wow Jesus, some real knowledge right there.
So even in the crazy, wild, hectic parts of life, I can still find rest. Had I not sat down in the moment of crazy to get this word from God, how much longer would my list become? How much more would I beat myself up over not getting things don?. Or worse, how many more times would I have compared myself to someone online who seems to have it all together? I would just keep repeating the cycle. So I want to encourage you today to stop, take a moment to talk with God and share with Him what’s on your heart. Yes, right now in the middle of all the crazy. Bring it ALL to Him. He will INDEED give you rest, peace, and a calm like no one else can. My list may continue to grow and the crazy will still be there, but I have more peace and a more calm approach the more I lean into Him. God is in control of it all anyway. I may as well take the rest that He is offering me now.