Finding Soul Rest
Finding Rest in Transition
even when the pace of life doesn't slow down
Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
Rest. This is a word you have probably heard a lot this summer, and something you have probably craved even more. Without physical rest, your body will give out. Without mental rest, your brain and cognitive function will suffer. In taking that idea a bit further, I challenge you to make “soul rest” a priority as you finish your summer and prepare to transition into your next season.
I am a list maker, especially when I am trying to accomplish a goal or start something new. After deciding to focus on soul rest, my mind immediately starts a to-do list.
- Disconnect from social media.
- Find a quiet place.
- Clear my mind.
While these things help create space in the busyness, there is only one place in to find the rest for which our souls so greatly long. In Matthew 11:29-30, Jesus spells it out for us. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
When we take the time to make sure we are living a life with God, our souls will find rest in communion with Him. Community is imperative as humans; it is how we were created. Community was modeled for us from the very start by our God, a personal diety who exists in eternal community with Himself (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). Communion doesn’t feel foreign in our human relationships; it is the same with God! God does not call us to live discontented lives but rather to discover the contentment that is possible in Him. When we begin to live in communion with Him, it becomes a rhythm in our lives.
This summer you have given yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually as well. If we are not continuously living in communion with the Lord as we transition out of the camp world, weariness is still a certainty. Mother Teresa once said, “Pray for me that I not loosen my grip on the hands of Jesus even under the guise of ministering to the poor.” In whatever capacity you find yourself serving, don’t let the things you do in the name of Jesus, be without Him.
Mary Lindsay Bailey, WSC for Boys