I hope this letter finds you well.
I will address the question you asked me through a series of letters. This will be the first, and I will start with the first part of your question.
“How do I find through rest in a world full of so much noise? I want time to reflect, to meditate, to find a place for myself but it just seems as though none of that is possible. How can I find a place for myself.”
If you recall, I mentioned I will answer that from two perspectives: psychologically and spiritually.
I already spent a lot of time talking about the psychological, this letter will answer it in the spiritual.
I also hope that this medium will give you time to chew on my points. And, respond to them.
Starting from what we both established — life’s full of troubles. Either we are excited about it or not, they come and we cannot afford to use that as an excuse.
If anything, difficulties (or negative side-effects of our actions) give us reasons to push a bit out of our comfort zone and do things we might not otherwise.
Those said. We’re humans, it’s not that simple.
And here’s where the grace of God (through his word) comes in beautifully:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to me.
Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matt. 11: 28 – 30 (The Message)
This passage sums it all up.
Just to be sure you didn’t miss the beauty, let’s walk through it together.
- The Problem & Question:
God realized that we have issues, and we are often over whelmed by it.
So, he starts with problem:
“Are you tired?”, “Are you Worn out?”, “Burned out on religion?” (Remember the point you made yesterday about “fake” religious folks, this is the point here, all those religious rites that just burns you out and doesn’t solve anything) — In short, God is asking, are you frustrated by it all?
- The Call (out of the “problem”)
He proposes something simple. “Come to me.”
Now I love the next sentences. Don’t just come. Let’s get away! Think about that for a minute.
Let’s this sink into your soul: when you come, we’d get away, and I’ll recover your life! Oh no, it doesn’t just end there — I will show YOU how to take a real rest!
Take a minute, and just chew on that section. Reflect on how you’ve tried to get rest, on places you’ve probably gone to and want to “get away” to find rest.
More often than not, those places have their own version of “..heavy and ill-fittings”.
God is saying, when you come. We’d get away, to a place where you can be rested, and I won’t weigh you down with ill-fitting loads.
It’s simple, and beautiful.
- What’s in it after all
All under one condition, and this is the key.
“Keep company with me.” Learning, through the word of God to be friends (as we discussed yesterday), with Jesus so he can teach to lift all the burden of your shoulder.
It’s a journey, you don’t have to go at it alone.
What are your thoughts?