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Finding Rest for Our Souls {Guest Post}

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Laughter. When was the last time you had a good, hearty laugh? The kind that makes your cheeks and your sides ache from the intensity of it… Can you even recall?

It’s so easy as adults – as wives – as moms – to get caught up in the daily grind. To become overwhelmed by the unaccomplished tasks, the unpaid bills, the unplanned meals. Little things become our focus, and, in the process, we lose sight of the big picture. Why do we wait until we are at our breaking point to seek change? Because our souls are not at rest.

Thus says the Lord:

“Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”
(Jeremiah 6:16)

We are often like the Israelites in Jeremiah’s day. God offers us rest for our souls but we decline. In effect, we say to God, “No thanks, I’ve gotta get XYZ done today.” And then we go about our lives, overworked and stressed out, because we think that’s what “normal” is. God says, “Here are My ways. Walk in them.” We can find a new normal in Him.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-29)

Contrary to what the world tells us, we weren’t made to “go it alone” in this life. There’s nothing noble about independence from others or God, and there is definitely no peace found there. When we come to Christ weak and burdened by the cares of this world, He promises us rest. Not just temporary rest. Not just a good night’s sleep. Rest for our souls.

We have to be willing to let go of our agenda and to take on His yoke. We have to be willing to learn from Him. When we set our normal aside for Christ’s normal, we are promised a yoke that is easy and a burden that is light. His normal will look strange to those who are used to “normal” defined by the world, but to the one who rests in Him, His normal is beautiful.

The Israelites endured two captivities in foreign lands (Egypt and Babylon), yet the Lord freed them from these captivities and returned them to their land as He promised. The psalmist records the Israelites’ response:

When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
And we are glad.
(Psalm 126:1-3, emphasis added)

Our weariness need not distance us from the Lord any longer. Our burden need not keep us where we are. Seek Him, walk in His ways, take on His yoke… and find rest for your souls. And when your soul is at peace, you will more readily recognize God’s mighty hand in the details of your life – and perhaps your mouth, like the Israelites’, will again be filled with laughter.

 

On the adventure of a lifetime, Kayla supports her husband on the home front while he works on finishing an aviation degree. Her days are plenty busy training and enjoying their 13 month old bundle of energy. She blogs about their journey and what the Lord is teaching her along the way at Renown and Crowned.

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