By: Gail Armatys
You are invited to come. If you are tired and in need of rest. There is an invitation awaiting you. Please, won’t you come?
Three Kinds of Tired
There is a ‘good-tired’. Tired from fun, working hard, and serving others. There is a ‘sick-and-tired’. Tired of the struggle of illness and pain. Then, there is a tired that is due to frantic running, anxiety about the future, the search for success or the success of others (perhaps your kids), running from the past that haunts you or the fears that keep you stuck. If this is your kind of tired…you are not alone.
This last type of tiredness is not uncommon. In fact, it is epidemic – a way of life for many – and it reminds me of…well, it reminds me of…squirrels.
It’s the squirrels’ constant movement, searching, and digging that suggests to me, perhaps God looks down from above, shakes His head at all of our running about and says, “Oh, that you would stop running, searching, and digging for whatever you think you need. Accept my invitation…you are invited to come to me.”
It’s the squirrels’ constant movement, searching, and digging that suggests to me, perhaps God looks down from above, shakes His head at all of our running about and says, “Oh, that you would stop running, searching, and digging for whatever you think you need. Accept my invitation…come to me.”
Invited to Come
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Jesus, Matt. 11:28-29
While there are things in our lives we try to but cannot control, we can control our choices. Accepting Jesus’ invitation to rest in Him is a daily decision we need to make to live ‘good-tired’, joyous days.
How can you choose rest when there is so much to do, become, worry about, forget, flee, start, finish and say? Jesus’ point exactly.
God’s design is that life bring us joy, but often its challenges and seductions are more than we can bear. It can be wearisome and leave us feeling empty and defeated. Like squirrels, we run here and there searching for our buried treasure of love, money, things, control, happiness, meaning…whatever. Once we find it, we gobble it up and start searching again. All the while God lovingly watches and reminds us – if we will listen – that our search would be over if we would each day accept His invitation to come.
Rest Found through Action
Although rest suggests lack of movement, getting to that place requires action. Not the redundant motion of our whirlwind and burdened lives. But purposeful steps toward God that draw us nearer to His promise of rest.
Jesus reveals these steps in Matthew 11:28-29.
- Come to Jesus. Jesus presents the invitation to us. We choose to decline or accept it. There is no need to be shy. He is the most welcoming Host. Arrive early. Bring only your burdens and brokenness to leave at his feet. Will you come?
- Take His yoke. When two animals are yoked together one animal is dominant and another submissive. To avoid constant struggle they must work in harmony. Taking on Jesus’ yoke is a choice to submit to His will. Will you surrender?
- Learn from Him. Learning from Christ requires choosing to spend time with Him and in His word. As we walk with Christ, we are conformed to His ways, gain strength, and begin to imitate Him. Will you dedicate time to be with Him?
- Find rest. There are a lot of things we desire to find: treasure, reward, satisfaction, attention – but Jesus tells us to find rest. It is an active, participatory process. He even tells us where to find it. Our rest is with Him. Will you accept His invitation?
We’ve all experienced the weariness created by ‘self’ and allowed by God’s grace, and we can choose how we make it through. We can scramble and scurry frantically like a squirrel. Or, we can find rest. When we find rest with Christ, we find joy in any circumstance.
Listen. Can you hear His gentle call? “Come to me all who are weary and burdened…”
No matter your kind of tired…you are invited to come.
Accept His invitation. He is waiting for you.
Come. Find your rest.
Listen to Your HeartSong
- Come to Him. One way to come to Jesus each day is to commit to rising early-er and having a time of worship. Can you commit to this?
- Submit to Him. Review your plan for your day, month, year, and life. Are your desires His desires? Submit to His will. Seek His calling for your moments and your life.
- Learn from Him. Learn about and live more like Jesus by spending time listening to and reading in His word. How, when, and where might you do that?
- Enjoy the rest found in Christ.
Thank you, Father, for your promise of rest when we accept your invitation to come. I pray to know you and resemble you more. Help me to walk like you as I submit my days and my life to your will. And may I find joy in my rest, no matter the circumstances. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.