Do you ever feel overwhelmed with to-do lists, appointments, responsibilities, and other obligations? I know there are days and even weeks I experience this. I sometimes feel as if I can’t get my head above water, and I struggle to prioritize everything that is calling my name. There are times I continue for several days on this path before I finally settle myself down and seek God. Not only seek Him for answers and direction but for rest.
According to Merriam-Webster.com, one of the definitions of “rest” is peace of mind or spirit. Additionally, one of the definitions of “at rest” means free from anxieties. This is the type of rest that I’m referring to. There is a true rest only God can provide to us. As mothers, rest is often scarce; however, we should remember that this is a gift God desires to give us.
In Psalm 46:10, God tells us to “Be still and know that I am God,” and Psalm 62:1 tells us that our soul finds rest in God alone. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus tells us to “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” In Mark 6:31, Jesus tells His disciples, “Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
When you feel like you are drowning, I want to encourage you to reach out and take the hand of the One who can walk on water. He is our quiet place, and He is our rest. He is our strength to keep swimming. The storm may not pass swiftly over at that moment, but God’s peace will fill your soul and provide you with the strength to rise above what is pushing you down.