Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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. Matthew 11:28-29
Come to me and find rest. I know this can be a difficult concept to grasp and perform. God promises rest to those who will come, seek, and find it. Cease striving so hard and catch your breath from the daily grind while you refresh your soul in His presence. Breathe in God’s presence as you sit quietly before Him and receive His gentle loving care to help you regain needed strength and rest for your soul.
He wants to meet you in your restlessness that, at times, can overpower you into a frantic frenzy of weariness. He longs to be the stillness deep within your spirit—the hushed strength within your soul. He wants to be the true rest that undergirds your stability in a chaotic world and the ever-present awareness that God is with you, beside you, and all around you, holding you and loving you with His outstretched arms.
The nearness of God will bring satisfaction and stillness to your weary bones. Be still and know He is God (see Psalm 46:10).
Longing for this rest is a beautiful display of His importance in your life. And as you discover the depths of God through scheduled stillness and focused meditation in His Word, you will become whole. The secret place with God is where you develop an intimate relationship with Him.
Picture an iceberg. The secret place is what happens below the waterline. Under the waterline of an iceberg is a large rock formation, which represents our time with Him. Most of us live our lives without giving much intentional thought to carving out the space necessary to shape lives of love, purpose, meaning, wisdom, and virtue. If you daily meet with God, that undergirding strength will increase and He will guide you in your everyday choices. It’s what happens under the waterline that matters.
The strength you develop as you meet with Jesus will give you the power to walk through your day with confidence. Just as the Sadducees, “. . . observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Yes, it’s in the being with Jesus that changes everything. Not in the doing, but in the being.
Journeying with Him,