There is one word that sums up our time in Palm Desert…it’s a word that is often missing in my own vocabulary and absent from the wy in which I choose to live my life. The word is REST…a word that is described as…freedom from activity or labor or a state of motionlessness or inactivity. That is an incredible definition not just of that word but of our time in Palm Desert.
I know in my own life I can become so busy…just for the sake of being busy. I’ll meet someone in passing and they’ll ask me how I am doing? For some strange reason I feel the pressure to reply without even thinking…”I’m so busy”…whether I really am or not…it’s almost like wearing a badge of honour?
I recently came across a great quote from Max Lucado that I really hits to the heart of this whole area of busyness…
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
(Matt. 11:28 NLT).Rest from the burden of a small god. Why? Because I have found the Lord.
Rest from doing things my way. Why? Because the Lord is my Shepherd.
Rest from endless wants. Why? Because I shall not want.
Rest from weariness. Why? Because he makes me to lie down.
Rest from worry. Why? Because he leads me.
Rest from hopelessness. Why? Because he restores my soul.
Rest from guilt. Why? Because he leads me in the paths of righteousness.
Rest from arrogance. Why? Because of his name’s sake.
Rest from the valley of death. Why? Because he walks me through it.
Rest from the shadow of grief. Why? Because he guides me.
Rest from loneliness. Why? Because he is with me.
Rest from shame. Why? Because he has prepared a place for me in the presence of my enemies.
Rest from my disappointments. Why? Because he anoints me.
Rest from envy. Why? Because my cup overflows.
Rest from doubt. Why? Because he follows me.
Rest from homesickness. Why? Because I will dwell in the house of my Lord forever.
From Traveling Light
Copyright 2001, Max Lucado