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  • Apr16Fri

    Finding Rest for Your Soul

    April 16, 2021 By the TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
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    TWR Women of Hope

    This month, we are praying for the health and wellness of women around the world. In Canada, we are blessed and privileged to have access to a wonderful healthcare system and so many resources for the betterment of our health and wellness. But one area where many of us struggle is with rest.

    For many of us, our days feel beyond full and we feel like we have no time for anything else in our schedules, let alone thinking about resting. We feel the impacts of that: we become tired, cranky and have little patience. We are not able to love those around us like Christ when we feel like we are running on empty. So, how do we find rest?

    In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says: “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.” (NIV)

    Are you weary and burdened? Are you seeking rest? Jesus says to come to him, to take his yoke upon us and learn from him. When we come to Jesus and learn from him, he promises that we will find rest.

    In learning from Jesus, we need to not only hear what he says, but learn from his actions. Jesus is our perfect example. He demonstrates for us how to learn from him and find rest for our souls.

    Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus step away in silence and solitude to pray and talk with God (Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; Luke 6:12; Matthew 14:23). If the Son of God needs to do this, how much more do we? And while we may not feel like we have time to find silence and pray, when we make time, that’s when we find the rest we so desperately need. Being in communion with God takes intentionality and practice, but the more we carve out time in our days to spend with God, imitating Jesus, the more we will find true, restorative rest.

    Often, the culture around us tells us that the way to find rest is to zone out – to scroll absentmindedly through social media or to binge the latest show on Netflix, to ignore the world around us and to focus on ourselves. But when we do this, do we really feel rested? While we might feel physically rested, we are unlikely to feel truly refreshed and restored.

    Instead, Jesus demonstrates that we should zone in on our Father. We should be intentional about worship, Bible reading and prayer. The more our focus is on God and the more his Word is in our hearts and minds, the more we will find true rest.

    While our external circumstances may not change, our perspective will. When we are firmly rooted in Christ, we have his perspective and can approach our circumstances with his love and peace, not letting the troubles of this world knock us down. And when situations threaten to steal our peace, we need to remember to turn to Christ, learning from him. In that place, our souls will find rest.

    This month, consider where and how you can intentionally seek time with Christ, learning from his words and actions. Our prayer is that you would experience the true rest found in Christ.