I have a problem. It wouldn't seem to be much of a problem at first, but it is. My problem is I like to do stuff. Really. As a type A personality, I'm always attempting to complete several things at once, and I feel as if my “to do” list is unending. Now, don't get me wrong. It's nice to get stuff done, but my problem is, I don't always rest. I try sometimes. I really do, but even when I'm resting, I'm thinking about other things. I think about putting in just one load of laundry or cleaning up the living room or reorganizing my kids' toys. Seriously.
When Sunday comes around, I try to think of only doing the essentials, but then I consider, “Wow, an extra day would give me the time I need to get “that” completed.” Or even if I don't do anything on Sunday, my mind is often constantly thinking and going and strategizing how I will complete all the things I need to get done for the upcoming week.
Yes, I told you I had a problem. Even today, four weeks after having my youngest daughter, my husband has to remind me to take it easy every now and then. It's true.
So, I've decided to take his advice. I'm going to rest this week. I mean, really rest. I want to keep life at a minimum and not become overly zealous at accomplishing a lot. I want to spend more time being present in life and taking things a bit slower. (Good-bye smart phone.) When I spend time with God, I want to talk less and listen more. I want to be still before him, and rest in his presence.
This week, unlike other weeks, a reading guide will not be included in today's post. Instead, I want to invite you to rest in the presence of the Lord. For me, resting in his presence means I will talk less and listen more. For you, it may have an altogether different meaning. Instead of providing a reading guide, my intention is for you to pray about where God would lead you this week in his Word. Really pray about it, and wait for him to respond. I will do the same.
But before we head into our weeks, let's take a look at one verse together.
In Matthew 11:28, Jesus says, “'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.'”
As you read the verse, consider the following questions:
What's the promise in this verse?
Are you weary or burdened today? How so?
What will you need to let go of today to pursue rest in the presence of God?