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Topic: Rest (06/14/04)
TITLE: Rest for the Weary
By Anna Parrish
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"Ohhh..." I groaned as I slipped off my shoes after a tiring day at work. The blisters on my feet reminded me that my shoes did not fit properly. "I can't go on like this." I thought to myself. "I must get new shoes."
The very next morning I decided to go to the mall and shop for new shoes. After looking in several department stores I was disheartened. Either the stores did not have the shoes or they were too expensive.
A little while later I walked by a shoe store I'd never seen before. "It's worth a try," I thought. After browsing several rows of shoes I found several pairs of shoes. When I tried them on they fit perfectly!
After purchasing the shoes I returned home. Later in the day, before I went to work, I pulled the shoes out of their box and put them on. I was amazed at the comfortable fit. While my old shoes were tight and uncomfortable these shoes were entirely the opposite. As I walked around the house I breathed a sigh of relief... relief from the pain of wearing shoes that did not fit.
Just as my old shoes did not fit, sometimes there are patterns in our lives that "don't fit" and cause blisters on our souls. We may be hurried and stressed because of unrealistic expectations. We may live our lives in the "past" -- never giving up former hurts and pain. We may be living in sin. Sometimes our lives are wrought with pain, worry, and confusion. And yet, sometimes we merely continue to wear these "old shoes" which continue to cause us pain.
Jesus is calling us to let go of our old way of living and to come to him who heals our wounded hearts. When we are carrying great burdens Jesus calls us to him, and it is in him that we find rest.
Just as I felt relief when I wore my new, comfortable shoes, so also will we feel our burden lifted when we come to Christ. Are we satisfied wearing the old, painful shoes of the past or are we willing to walk in the way that Christ calls us? There are two options but it is only in Jesus that we will find rest for our souls.