‘How’s your week been?’
‘Oh… good. Busy!’
It’s a common refrain in our fast-paced lives.
Most people know it’s important to slow down and take a break sometimes, but busyness is often worn like a badge of honour. It’s almost as if it doesn’t matter how we spend our time – as long as we’re seen to be really, really busy.
While the Bible encourages us in our work, it also speaks about rest.
In the Creation account (Genesis 2:2-3) we see a holy precedent of one rest day out of seven:
“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”
In Mark 6 we see Jesus advising his apostles to rest in the midst of a busy time:
“Because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest’.”
Matthew 11:28 also describes the kind of rest that can only be found in Jesus.
He says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Jesus simply asks that we come to Him, in the midst of everything that demands our attention, and find rest for our souls.
Weary? Burdened? Broken? Simply come to him, his truth, and his Word – and rest…