Everything seems to be spiraling out of control and I’m exhausted. I need a nap! The only problem is my mind won’t let my body rest. Lord, what am I going to do? My “To Do List” at the time was nine pages long, typed and single spaced. How was I going to get anything done? The way my body deals with busyness, is to shut down instead of working on something. A few weeks earlier I had finally made a plan for my workload. Pay attention the phrase I had finally made a plan. That should have tipped me off in the first place. Anytime I think I’m in control, nothing works out.
Anyway, let me take you back to this new attitude of whittling down the nine pages. I remember doing several things, and I was feeling really good about my accomplishments. It was after lunch and I thought, “Well, I’m going to get back to work.” The only problem was fatigue was setting in. Finally I decided to ask God to help me with the work ahead of me. To my surprise His answer was that my next activity was to rest. I argued with God that I had too much to do that day. My first mistake was, I thought I would win the argument…wrong. I knew I needed to follow what God said but I was worried. You see in my past, when I would take a nap I was out for 2 hours. I didn’t have that kind of time to waste. This was another experience when I followed His direction and to my surprise, I rested for 30 minutes and was up totally and completely refreshed. I accomplished more than I would have ever done if I had pushed through. The amazing thing was that I had energy left over and I completed more work than expected.
When I let God into my day it goes so much smoother. I have also realized, when God says rest I will no longer argue with Him. He knows what I can do and He will be there. I just have to remember to ask Him for every choice I make and not let satan distract me from God’s voice. His Word says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
I know with all my heart that I never have to walk or carry a burden alone. Sometimes it can be so heavy, that if God wasn’t there I would be crushed from the weight of it. Give it over to Him, even if it is just time to take a nap. My life is so much easier when I ask God what to do. I now ask God to help me say no to self and YES to what God wants in every moment of my life. When God is involved with your day it is like someone carrying the groceries to the car for you. The help He gives is so much grander than any bag of groceries. Your soul can truly rest with God.
PASSAGE: Matthew 11:28 (NLT)
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That's really encouraging, thanks for sharing. Your writing is really easy to get absorbed by, I enjoyed it.