Too Tired to Find Rest?

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28

It’s been a long day.  After a full nights sleep, you rose early, labored at the office for 8 hours or more.  Maybe you got a chance to squeeze in a workout.  You come home to dinner, time with the family and their night time routine.  You have at least an hour of required reading you need to get done, not to mention spend some quality time with your spouse.  Did I mention you’re exhausted?  All you really want to do is put your feet up and find a good movie to veg out to.  You don’t have time for a movie so you settle for 15 minutes of a a show on your DVR before forcing yourself to your books.  This is a typical day.  You desire a feel-good moment with no responsibility and a break for your mind.  But what you really need is rest.  

Not sleep, but REST!

We all need it.  Our days are full and seem to be getting fuller.  This isn’t the first place you’ve read that the more technology we acquire to make life easier the busier we become.  In the part of the world I live in it’s popular to work and be busy.  It’s not uncommon for someone to work 60, or more, hours a week.  Not everyone has a family life, but if you do, these relationships take time and energy.  (Hopefully, they are fulfilling and life-giving relationships but they still take energy.)

If you are a stay-at home type then you might be more tired because you don’t leave your “job.”   Cleaning, cooking, planning, shopping, managing, loving, educating, did I mention cleaning.  You get the idea.  There is much to do.  We have friends, volunteer work, ministries and homes to maintain.  We’re busy, we’re full, we’re tired.

Are you not busy?  Maybe bored?  That’s another kind of exhaustion that also manages to drain us of energy.

Yet it seems like so much effort to “come to Him”.  We feel too tired to receive the rest He promises.  It may seem like one more thing to add to the to-do list.  And the additional “work” drives us away to the remote control, the refrigerator or the bed.

We are bid to come to a promised place of rest.  A place free of burden and worry.  A refreshing place of peace.  This place is full of everything we need: strength, healing, wisdom, joy, comfort, vision, creativity, LOVE.  It’s where dreams are imagined and hope is born.

You don’t have to climb a mountain to find it

Lazy Mountain - Palmer Alaska

or look miles away in some meadow of flowers.

Paradise Valley - Washington

 You don’t have to travel to an island’s distant shore

The shore of Shemiya - The most Western island of North America

 or paddle across an abandoned lake.

Nancy Lakes - Alaska
Nancy Lake - Alaska

It’s only as far away as our next deep breath.

Media, food nor pillows (nor any other go-to subsistence) will ever give you the rest and comfort you are really needing.  It may get you through.  It may help you cope one more hour or one more day but it will never get you there.  So, how do you get there?  How do we come to Him?

 How do we enter His Rest?

Desire REST over coping.

Take the drive and strength that we use to get things done and lay it aside.  We have to take off our self-reliance and self-sufficiency like a coat.  This is one of the hardest steps for me.  Sometimes I feel like if I take off this “coat” I’ll fall apart – as if this coat is what’s holding me together.  Jeremiah 9:23-24

Get quiet.  “Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10

Have confidence that with your desire for Rest, the removing of self-sufficiency and becoming quiet that He will meet you.  The place of rest is not a location it’s a communion.  “In quietness and trust (confidence) is Your strength” Isaiah 30:15 (italics taken from KJV)

Lean on Him.  Allow God to be the one to hold you together.  Depend on Him for your strength, wisdom, and joy. Proverbs 3:5

Love on Him and receive Love.   Share with Him, worship, listen, be filled.  Psalm 36:7-10

This can be done in a few minutes or over long periods of time.  Rest can be found in moments.  He wants to give you rest.  He wants to remove your worry and stress.  He wants you to be whole, have vision and be filled with His strength.  He wants to refresh you.

I am including a song below.  The video is not much to look at – which is fine because you might do better to have your eyes closed.  May it help you find that place of rest and remind you of His great love and promises that abound in His presence.

Copyright ©2012


12 thoughts on “Too Tired to Find Rest?

    David said:
    March 28, 2012 at 10:56 am

    yes it just a thought away, and what peace it is. we all need to be reminded Keep up the good work, like the song too

      Debra Bell responded:
      March 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

      Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks, David!

    fwinslow said:
    March 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    ahh- it’s so opposite of what we think, but so true. The go-to substances never work, you are right. He is the only thing that satisfies our weariness. So good!! Love your teaching gift!

      Debra Bell said:
      March 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Indeed, so much of the Kingdom is NOT how we think naturally. You are such an encourager, thank you. ~ Debra

    Deb Killian said:
    March 30, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I wasn’t able to ‘sit down’ and read this until today….a word in due season. Thanks Debra. You share beautifully.

      Debra Bell responded:
      April 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Deb, It is amazing how hard it is to stop. Thanks for the encouragement!
      ~ Debra

    J. Bell said:
    March 30, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Great words and phenomenal pics. I miss those places…and true rest! Got to come to Him!

    cindygrasso said:
    April 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    So good and like a refreshing drink of of water. I feel like I have discovered a friend as I read your post and hear your heart for God come through the words. I am looking forward to your next one!

      Debra Bell responded:
      April 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Cindy, Thank you, that means a lot coming from a fellow writer! We may have not gotten to know each other well in Vegas but now maybe through our writing. And as friends may we encourage one another along the pathway of destiny!
      ~ Debra

    ro said:
    April 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    Finding his presence in the present moment. He is everywhere and in everything, it’s good to stop sometimes, and true, it’s very hard. I’ve been trying to practice meditating on him lately and it’s amazing the things that my mind conjures up while doing so. Definitely an art. Thanks for the reminder.

      Debra Bell responded:
      April 6, 2012 at 6:59 am

      He awakens our holy imagination and creativity when we are with Him. Ro, even your comment reminds me to come to Him.
      ~ Debra

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