I got a lot of things accomplished today. I got a workout in, cleaned both of the bathrooms, wrote a bunch of thank-you cards, washed the diapers, reorganized a ton of storage items, and prepped dinner! Don't you just love productive days? You know what is even better? Resting after an accomplished day. Putting your feet up. Watching TV. Enjoying a glass of wine or a bowl of ice cream. Ahhhhh.... so restful!
Isaiah 40:28-31, "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
In our world and in our busy lives, it can be difficult to find rest.
We have so many things to do! Bring the kids the school. Pick the kids up from school. Grocery shop. Plan the meals before grocery shopping. Vacuum the living room. Clean the bathroom. Wash the dishes. Go to target. Buy all the Christmas presents. Squeeze in a few workouts. Bake all the things. Go to church. Go to advent church. Go to Bible class. Find time for a few devotions. Pray. Spend time with your spouse. Spend time with your kids. Spend time alone.
The weeks get really full really quickly, don't they?
Often, when overwhelmed and exhausted, it can be difficult to see any rest in sight. Sometimes there are just too many things to get done and not enough time to get them done in. During these moments I can't help but think of our heavenly rest to come! If we think that sitting with our feet up with ice cream feels restful, think of eternal rest with our Heavenly Father! We will have all the time in the world to rest and sing praises to our God (maybe enjoy some ice cream with Him too?!). And not only is it rest from our earthly, physical tiredness, but rest from our trials, temptations, and our sinful selves. Complete and total forgiveness is the ultimate rest!
So if the holiday crazies are getting you a little bit down (like me), remember we are but strangers here. Thanks to our Savior, heaven is our restful home!
Revelation 14:13, "Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the LORD from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."