I was so excited at church last night! I've been blessed to be on the Pulpit Search Committee for the past 5 months & we finally got to introduce our nominee to the church last night. This man is an INCREDIBLE man & we were so anxious for everyone to meet him & to see the love of Christ & the passion to serve in him!
So I got home & was still pumped up.... excited for the evening! You know those nights when you are so excited & you KNOW you need to get to bed & you just can't? I have to get up at 5:30 every morning & that comes way too early sometimes.
I'm laying there, listening to my Yanni CD - trying to relax & I'm praying as I'm laying in a dark room. Then, I could feel the weariness of the whole day sweep over me. I could feel my body easing up, my mind starting to drift & thought "Ahhh, this is what rest feels like"
I got up this morning thinking about how refreshed I felt & thought - I can totally appreciate that verse in Matthew 11:28 -
"Come to me all you who are weary & burdened, & I will give you rest...."
Maybe because it was like I could physically feel the "REST" coming upon me - the giving up of the strain of the day, the excitement wearing off, the time for my body to just do nothing but recover & recoop - how I saw how God wants to give us the same sort of rest!
That He wants to take the weariness & burden & just give us comfort....
Have you ever been so tired, you couldnt even hold your eyes open & how good it feels to just get in bed & finally fall asleep... what a wonderful feeling to finally collapse...
And what about if you wake up too early & you didnt get your complete rest - are you grumpy? I know I am.... Have you sometimes not got the full night's sleep you need?
Isn't it the same when we dont let God give us all the rest we need - where we take things back into our own hands? When we get just a little bit of rest & then jump up & say, "Its OK God, I've got it from here!".....Where does that leave us - even more tired, worn out - in need of more rest....
I think I'm ready to go home & get in my jammies now with all this talk of rest.... YAWN!