I had a couple terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days last week. Details, I am sure, would only serve as comparison charts so, suffice to say, it was the kind that made me want to move to Australia.
I never look forward to those days, but every so often they make an unwelcome appearance. They start out just like every other day, but then diverge as one thing after another produces a snowball of negativity. Often, it’s overwhelming. If only Australia weren’t so far away.
Practically speaking, though, I doubt I’d ever really go. Seriously, packing up my entire family to go the pool is challenging enough, imagine the move across continents. I prefer a more domestic approach; like locking myself in my closet and screaming until my voice runs dry. I’ll admit a domestic approach like that is sometimes equally exhausting. Too often I exhaust myself before remembering I need rest.
I’m not talking about a nap in the middle of the day, although that’s not a bad idea. I’m talking about the kind of rest that frees me to admit even though life is good and I am blessed, sometimes it takes more energy to smile than I’ve got. The kind of rest that say’s it’s okay to spend most days encouraging the people around me and sometimes struggle to encourage myself. The kind of rest where I admit I have bad days and that doesn’t make me weak, it makes me real. Rest to the innermost places of my heart and the depths of my soul; that is the kind of rest I am talking about. There is only one place to find it.
Matt 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”
Jesus say’s, “Come to me…and I will give you rest”, and He does. I rest knowing that His yoke is easy and His burden is light (30). When my thoughts are heavy and weighed down I know I am carrying a load that God never intended for me. But when I weigh the Truth against the lies, Truth always wins, and then my thoughts are light again. When I look to Truth for my rest there is joy, peace, and clarity.
Sometimes I have bad days. Sometimes I have terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Some days are like that… even in Australia.
Praying you experience His rest this week.
I LOVE IT! it made me realize how much we need him and how much I need him on those days that what I’m looking for which is peace on those day its as simple as just going to him….Thanks be to Jesus 🙂
Thanks Mariana and you are so right, Jesus says come, how simple is that!
Soooooo true for so many others as well!! I love the part that says that when your thoughts are heavy and you have a lot of weary that you know those are lies from the devil that are burdening our soul. Even when we have tough days we find joy in God. Happiness depends on external circumstances, but joy is based on our relationship to God. How true is that! It is when we are down and out that we can find the best kind of joy in the innermost depths of our soul! Thank you Jesus for ALWAYS being faithful with your promises!!
Amen Missy! Tweetworthy comment, “Happiness depends on external circumstances, but joy is based on our relationship to God”. Thanks for that. xoxo
Thankful for the joy that you exude and the encouragement you bestow on those around you in spite of your own hurts. Thankful for the God who makes that possible. And praying that this week brings less “bad” days than the one before.
Thanks Tarrah. In my weakness He is surely strong. Blessings sweet friend.
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