“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.” Matthew 11:28-30
Have you ever been standing on the shore of the coast, on the last night of your vacation? The waves crashed in such a rhythm that it could soothe you to sleep in an instant. The sand squished between your toes, and every time the wave floated back to the sea, it dragged the sand around your feet and you inevitably sank deeper into the shoreline. The salty air sat on the edge of your lips, and the water gently splashed against your knees. You experience such a peaceful moment, that you wish would never flee, and you hold on to every last second.
The next day, you gradually fade back into the hustle and bustle of every day life, and that moment of peace fades into a memory that seems unreachable.
You’d think a 19 year old girl would lead an easy and peaceful life. But between two jobs, saving money for college, leading a small group, writing for another, AND trying to juggle a social life, my life is usually anything but peaceful. Confession: IF I ever do have a moment to myself, the only thing on my mind is a big bag of popcorn and a good show on Netflix. Can I get an amen, somebody? Even then, the peace isn’t consistent, because in the back of my mind, I know it’ll soon be over and the following day will land me back into a whirlwind of madness.
I’ve tried to do life like this most of the time, work work work, snooze, work work work work work, snooze, work. My own sister called me a workaholic. I can’t really argue. By the end of 3 months, not only was my social life dead, my relationship with God had hit a major dry patch. I mean Sahara desert dry, west coast drought dry, bad cornbread dry. Which totally means something in the south! Why? Because in the middle of my crazy life, I didn’t take a second to stop and include God. My life SHOULD have gone more like this: God, work, God, snooze, God, work work, God God, snooze, God God God!
Okay, another confession: When I don’t put God first, my crazy life becomes even crazier. I mean Britney Spears 2005 breakdown crazy! When God isn’t my focus,
I get caught up in thinking that it’s all up to me, that I have to handle it all on my own, that I have to give myself a place of refuge, instead of accepting that I already have refuge in Jesus.
The truth is, moments, objects, and people can’t provide everlasting peace. Because just like Carrie Underwood says, this is my temporary home, it’s not where I belong. You know where I do belong? Where we all belong? With Jesus. Isn’t it amazing how Jesus tells us, “Come to ME! Please, come to me if you want rest! Come to ME if you want all that stress off of your shoulders, I will take care of it, just come to ME.” How comforting to know that we serve a God who wants to handle all of what life throws at us, that we don’t have to hold onto a moment of peace to sustain us. And since God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, HE is the only place we can find everlasting peace.
When God is in control, it’s like standing on that shoreline forever, always being soothed by his voice, and inevitably sinking deeper into His love. ~ Arrianna
Your Turn: Have you found yourself in a whirlwind of madness? Far away from God? Is it time to let Him take control again, and place you back on the shoreline? We’d love for you to share with us. ~ Breath on Paper