“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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).
REST. Why is that word so hard? We pack our calendars full of school, work, appointments, projects, play dates, sports, and the list goes on and on. One thing we lack is rest. But in verse after verse, God invites us to rest in Him. In Isaiah 30:15 it says, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”
He invites us to learn from Him, to learn how to have a gentle and humble heart like Him. A gentle heart is a heart of faith, a heart that has been quieted by His love, a heart that trusts God, and is filled with His peace. That is where our strength will come from, not from a heart that is striving and restless. A gentle heart at rest invites others to rest. A heart that is not striving and restless is inviting; it calls to other hearts. Through a heart at rest, we can give others the rare gift of presence, unguarded, undistracted, fully present, and fully engaged with whoever we are with at that moment, being more like Christ.
But more often than not, I find myself only partially paying attention to conversations. And this makes me so sad, because these are conversations with people who I love and care about, and I want to be fully engaged. Life’s distractions easily creep in, thoughts wander and sometimes even eyes wander over to check my phone. And I hate that! I hate it when people do it to me, and I hate it when I do it to other people. I want to be more intentional about being present with the person I am with. It’s good for my heart, and it’s good for theirs.
Give me an inviting heart of rest towards other people Lord. Show me when I need to slow down, be fully present and undistracted with others, to show them Your heart.