Last year the day of our archery competition was long and busy. I spent the day with parents and students, recording scores and serving as the archery range official. It was one of those days that teachers have where we end up with a work day that began and ended in the dark. I wearily gathered up my girls and drove home where lambs needed to be bottle-fed, homework needed to be done, supper needed to be cooked and so- on while I received constant emails and texts. I could feel the pressure building.
I began to restlessly roam the kitchen and pantry. I ate tortilla chips, dried fruit, almonds and kept telling myself that it was fine because it was healthy. It was terrible. It didn’t matter how much I ate, I wanted more, as if there was an emptiness deep inside that I just couldn’t fill.
Finally, the girls were in bed and I simply shut my phone off. I sat in my chair and let out a deep breath. The cravings stopped, the urges left. The stillness, the sound of the wind passing by the house, the soft breathing of our pit bull, it all settled into the deepness of my soul. Rest. That was all I really needed. Rest.
God will provide your time of rest if you trust in Him. I think of the story of Jesus and the feeding of the five thousand. Jesus, weary and heartbroken after the death of John the Baptist, goes to a quiet place to spend time with God in prayer. However, He ends up preaching and feeding thousands of needy people before He is finally able to get away and find that quiet space. Yet, God provided Him with all the strength and wisdom He needed to get through that situation. The next time you are restlessly craving, stop and ask yourself what you need rest from.
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Journal Prompt: When do you find that what you need the most is rest? What kind of rest? Physical, mental, emotional? Do you take the opportunity when God provides it? If not, how could you begin to do so?
by Lora Armendariz
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