A friend of mine sent me this sticky note this week. With that she wrote one line ,’ I’m closing my business by July 31.’ I responded letting her know that I support her whatever she chooses to do. As I thought about this little sticky note – I realized that we need the wisdom to know the difference. Does my tiredness require rest or peace?
Over the past few years life has thrown a lot of us some curves. We’ve had to dig deep into some places as fears assail and doubts plague our minds. For some, the future looks obscure; tomorrow is uncertain. Many have been stretched to that point of ‘tiredness’. Some of us have sensed the need for a change in our personal or professional space. Change, because we are tired. Tired of the ‘rat race’, of situations that empty our soul of it’s peace – tired of not being who were created to be. Tired of mediocrity, of running on empty – tired of existing, rather than living.
We were not meant to live in a state of tiredness. However, change can be frightening- quite daunting. This causes some of to stay in less than healthy places and situations. We have established patterns and mindsets that cause us to feel guilty when we rest. There is a tiredness that requires rest. It is OK. Rest is not just a break from work – there is also a rest where we begin to trust. Trust that as God ‘sits on the circle of the earth’ – He knows best. I can trust Him with my life. This alleviates the weariness in our soul. ‘My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.’ [Exodus 33:14].
Often times we become weary trying to resurrect things that God has declared dead. The season has ended and we are still toiling in barren ‘soil’. The end result is that we are moved from a place of peace. We become tired fighting to stay in places we have outgrown; places that drain us of our peace- places where we don’t belong. At times, places where we are not valued. There is a tiredness that requires peace. That peace that rejuvenates and refreshes. The peace that alleviates fear and gives clarity of mind. Come back to that place of peace.
‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’ [John 14:27]
What do you need today? Rest or peace? Like me – you may strive for both.
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