Tired? Overburdened? Where do you find rest?
“But the Lord replied to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered and anxious about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part [that which is to her advantage], which will not be taken away from her.”
Have you ever typed one thing into your search engine on your computer/tablet and something entirely unexpected and bizarre pops up on your screen?
That happened to me this morning. I wanted to find something about a brand of boots and I ended up reading fascinating description of the Processionary Caterpillar. No, I promise I haven’t changed my blog from a devotional one to some sort of ‘Nature Observers Daily’, bear with me a moment and you’ll see why these are such interesting creatures.
Processionary Caterpillars are so named because of their strange instinct to form a line and ‘march’, blindly following the one in front.
In 1916, a man called John Henry Fabre carried out a very interesting study. He gathered a group of processionary caterpillars and placed them nose to tail into a circle, with food freely available just outside the circle.
For six days the caterpillars marched around and around, dutifully following each other, dying from exhaustion and hunger, while plenty of the best food was freely available just inches away.
Now this really struck me. How often are we Christians like this?
We fall into that age-old trap, just like Martha, of doing-doing-doing. When we have the choice instead, to sit at Jesus feet and enjoy his company.
The food we need- His Word, His presence, His constant guidance – is right there, readily available. Just as it says in 2 Peter 1:3, God has provided us with everything we need for life and godliness. But for some unfathomable reason we so often choose not to see the food and keep blindly walking-walking-walking until we drop from exhaustion both physically and spiritually.
And all the while Jesus is saying “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
(Matthew 11:28-30 NLT)
Let’s stop all our striving and stress and find our rest in His beautiful presence today.
Jill McIlreavy 💜