Good morning, friends. This week, we’re going to be talking about leaning into REST, even when it doesn’t always make sense. Do you ever hear the invitation to rest, and think it’s just not for you, not for now? Like you will rest at some point, you’re sure, but right now, there is just too much going on (or you don’t need it… or deserve it... or…?). When you hear Jesus say, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…” does something in you release? Do you take a deep breath and let your shoulders relax, responding somewhere in your depths to this naming of weary and burdened-ness? Or is it harder for you to receive than that? Do you think something like “I’m not weary and burdened! Things are going okay for me—compared to this other person who is really going through it.” Or perhaps you just don’t feel like you’ve “earned” rest (yet). Perhaps there is something in your story that makes rest feel unsafe somehow, like you’re going to get in trouble just for stopping. Or perhaps it just feels counterintuitive to be talking about rest on a Monday morning, when most workweeks are only beginning. Maybe you’re just in a really busy season, and it doesn’t feel possible. Take a moment this morning to notice what comes up in you as you read Jesus’ words again: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:28-30) How does your soul respond? What do you experience in your body this morning with that invitation? If you have space for it today, begin to explore with God what the “rest” invitation is for you in this season, this week, this day.

Posted by Jamie Bonilla at 2023-05-01 13:45:28 UTC