"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Recently a friend and I (hi Mary) went over her Bible study. It was awesome. I hadn't had a Bible study in a couple weeks, and it felt so refreshing to delve back into the Word. Her excitement was so infectious. This morning I did a Bible study of my own, and I realized that I have been getting so caught up in all the thoughts that are swirling around in my head that I feel paralyzed. At times, it's like I'm trapped in my own head. To-do lists, chores, and have-tos are never ending lists that go on and on, pushing God farther and farther from my thoughts.
I know that God doesn't give us more than we can handle, so why does it feel like I'm going crazy?
I measure my worth by how productive I am, by how much I get done in a day. I believe that if I do not get a certain amount of writing, piano, math, etc. done, then I have failed myself. I start to whisper lies to myself like, I am lazy, and my life is going nowhere.
I view idleness as a plague, slowly infecting every part of one's life until they're drowning in unproductiveness.
But I am to accept God's promise of rest.
Rest is not idleness. The definition of rest “to cease from action or motion, refrain from labor or exertion, and to be freefromanxiety or disturbance.”
I am to lay down my troubles and stress and find solace in God's perfect rest. If I let all my worries fill me, then there will be no room for God's love.
My way: Hold on to my problems and go crazy.
His way: Let go and find peace.
His way is much better.
When we hold on to the strife of the world, we are actually sinning by not following God's Word. We are not trusting that He is greater than our problems, but He is.