Rest

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

OXYGEN
Yesterday, I saw rare sight these days – a plane flying overhead. It was probably a cargo plane, but still, it had me thinking about flying. I’ve heard those safety instructions before takeoff so many times, I could probably stand up and do the demo if they needed a stand-in! They tell us that in the ‘unlikely event’ that a loss of cabin pressure happens, an oxygen mask will automatically appear. If traveling with a person who needs assistance, or a child, you are to put on your own mask first and then help the other person. Of course that makes sense – if you don’t have enough oxygen, you’ll pass out before you can help anybody else!

The Bible is full of teachings about loving and serving others, but these things are the overflow of a healthy life rooted in God. Jesus set an example for us in this – He often went off by Himself to pray, to rest, to recover His strength.

REST
All too often, we try to keep going, pouring ourselves out, into family, work, our friends, sometimes strangers until we’re ‘running on empty.’ Rest is vital for restoring our bodies and souls.

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:30-31 NIV).

God has given us the precious gift of rest.
It’s a gift for the strong; the mature, resting a not sign that a person is weak or failing, but the opposite. 

Rest is a person – The Person, Jesus Christ. We find our Sabbath rest in Him – in His presence, when we get away with Him. It isn’t lying in the sofa binge-watching box sets on tv. It’s taking prayerful walks, or sitting out in the garden talking with Him, or even talking to Him while you’re gardening.

The Lord has a steady supply of “oxygen” for His people. Will you grab yours with both hands today?
When God created the world, He included a Sabbath for us, and He still wants to renew our hearts as we rest in Him.

Jill 💜

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I love getting together with friends and sharing with each other over a cup of coffee what God is doing in our lives, it boosts my faith and lifts my heart. That's the aim of this blog. There's a story behind it; It was inspired after a friend gave me a single mustard seed, saying ‘that’s all it takes Jill’. What my friend didn’t know was that the very same morning God had reminded me of a promise He'd made to me over 20 years before regarding writing. I took the mustard seed home, planted it and watched it grow from a tiny sapling to a large, flourishing shrub at our front door. Every time I look at it it reminds me that our God is always true to his promises. Jesus lives in and works through his people, every single day. It's good to share what he's doing! I love talking about Him and writing about Him.

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