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Rest For The Weary

Just a quick thought for today:

God gives rest to the weary and joy for the sorrowing.  Reference is Jeremiah 31:25 New Living translation.

If you are weary today or full of sorrow, God has just what you need.  Trust and have confidence in Him to lift you up and fill you with His joy.



Sunset on the beach

Sunset on the beach

Vacation.  That word conjures up a myriad of feelings, memories, and emotional responses for many of us like no other word in the English language, or any other language for that matter, I suppose.  Most of us take vacations after laboring for a period of time at a variety of different jobs, careers, or personal endeavors and at a point at which we think we can no longer stand the pressure of the daily grind, we manage to break away for awhile to enjoy time to ourselves.

Usually, vacations connote a time of rest, relaxation, travel, perhaps to exotic and  little known places, a time to acquaint ourselves with some of the wonders of the world in which we live.  Snorkeling in some fabulous ocean waters in the Caribbean, sitting on the beach sipping your favorite liquid while watching the sun set off in the distance.  Or, maybe slipping, sliding, skiing down the slopes of a snowy mountain is more your style.  Then, of course, there’s always hiking, sky diving, hot air ballooning, camping and a whole array of other vacation options one might indulge in.

We spend much time in the planning of our various journeys, saving money, applying for credit cards (which, if they are used, often means we’ll spend the next three years to pay them off!), purchasing clothes appropriate for our trip, and maybe even buying new and upgraded luggage to carry it all.

Or, maybe we travel to local places, spend time with family and friends we haven’t seen in a long time.  But for those of us who don’t have the funds or the desire to travel, staying at home is one of the best ways to “vacay”.  We often relax, work on projects around our homes, go out to eat, go shopping, or take care of things we just don’t have time or opportunity to take care of during the week after week after month after month merry-go-round that we are on the rest of the year.

Yup, that's how I feel!

Yup, that’s how I feel!

And this is where I find myself today.  The older I get, the more I value my times of vacation, wishing I could stay home permanently.  Oh, I know it probably would get boring after awhile, and, knowing me, I am better off to be around people.  But, truth be told, I am a hermit I think, deep down inside anyway, and being at home, enjoying doing much of nothing, is very appealing.  Oh, of course there is always laundry, housework, dishes to wash, etc., but it would be nice to enjoy months or years off with nothing that absolutely requires my attention for 8 to 10 hours every single day.

Maybe this is a “senior” moment I’m having or just a build up of something that’s been going on for years, but I sometimes wonder if I’m the only one who feels this way.  I haven’t worked too many years, well, maybe 30 something, but I think because of circumstances beyond my control years ago, I was thrust into the work environment and maybe now I want to go back to where I feel I should have been to begin with?  Home.  Hmmm….something to ponder.  Then again, maybe I’m just feeling it’s time for a change?

What I do know is that God has my back, He knows who I am, how I got to this point and He has a plan for every day of my life.  He is good, faithful and full of mercy.  When I am tired, exhausted in spirit, soul and body, or lazy and don’t want to continue, He gives me strength and desire to do what He’s called me to do, whatever that might be.  But in the meantime, this week, He’s given me some time to rest and relax, and for that I am very, very grateful.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest.  [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]  Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.  For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good–not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.  Matthew 11:28-30  Amplified Version

Wake Up, Sleepyhead!

Little guy, isn't he?

Little guy, isn’t he?

Maybe it’s because we’re headed into Winter, or maybe because I’m getting older, or maybe I’m just being lazy and losing my interest in this world, I just feel like hibernating.  My favorite thing to do lately is to be snug as a bug in my little house, watching TV or a movie, spending time on my computer, or sitting and crocheting to my heart’s content while the rest of the world spins around me.  I don’t want to see anyone or go anywhere, I just want to be in my little house–alone–well sorta.  Do you ever feel like that?

I’ve discovered that there are plenty of other critters that hibernate besides the bears that we instantly think of when we hear the word hibernate.   Chipmunks and gila monsters are among the many, if you can believe that!  Or how about the spring peeper frog?  Who knew?  What is a spring peeper frog anyway?  Oh, well.  The only difference of course if that they do it by instinct rather than choice.  It’s a built in mechanism!

When I think of hibernating, I usually imagine someone hiding away from the cares of the world and all of its pain and confusion, heartache and struggle.  Sticking one’s head in the sand comes to mind.  Who wants to be out there in the harsh cruel world when you can hide away from everybody and everything if you have the opportunity?  Nobody wants to hurt or be hurt, at least not on purpose, and for many it seems that’s all there is out there anymore.  Day after day, week after week, month after month of struggling just to be.

Johnny 5, aka Short Circuit star!

Johnny 5, aka Short Circuit star!

We get bombarded daily with information, “input” as the movie Short Circuit so creatively puts it.  It’s a comedy about a robot who craved information, a constant flow, and all he did throughout the movie was gather every bit of “input” he could about his surroundings.  Well, in this techno world we live in, that’s what we get every day.  At work, at home, at play.  Is it any wonder we are in overload mode much of the time and just want–or need–to hide?

On the other hand, hibernating can have its useful points.  Besides getting to sleep a lot, the animals that do hibernate grow and mature during that time as a rule, and come out stronger and better able to cope with their surroundings and fellow animals.  Is it possible that a time of hibernation could be good for us under the right circumstances as well?

I’m not suggesting that we hide from our problems of course.  Those nasty things we still must face head on and deal with to locate the root causes for their continuing appearance in our lives, coming to grips with what our responsibilities and priorities are.

But, perhaps it’s a good thing to back off from the daily grind occasionally, take some time to reflect on our motives, our goals, and what’s really important to us and then rest–relax, take a load off!  We know that our crazy world and all of its’ issues will all still be there, but after we’ve had time to recoup from the war zone we just left, we’ll be better able to go back into the battle fully charged and ready to begin anew.  Sort of like retreating in order to advance.

Maybe that’s where I am….needing to rest in the Lord before beginning a new aspect of my life.  Perhaps you are there too?  The Lord gave me a great word from the Bible about this very thing.  Hope you will enjoy it too.

“Besides this you know what [a critical] hour this is, how it is high time now for you to wake up out of your sleep (rouse to reality).  For salvation (final deliverance) is nearer to us now than when we first believed (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on Christ, the Messiah).”  Romans 13:11  The Amplified Version

It’s important to take the time to rest and refresh, hibernate if you will, to strengthen and renew yourself in the Lord.  But when that time has been accomplished, it’s time to wake up!  Come back stronger to share the Lord, share your gifts and talents that God has given you, pray and give of yourself to others who are hurting just like you were.

It’s time to let your little light shine!  Wake up, Sleepyhead!!!!

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