I have a 4-year-old who I am sure is like many little ones and does not like to go to sleep at night and fights it as hard as he can. He has even started resorting to such desperate measures as “I’m still hungry” or “I need to pee-pee in the potty.” Some nights are more difficult than others as he tries to convince me to turn on the TV or just keeps wiggling and wiggling. It’s obvious that he’s sleepy by his droopy little eyes but he will not let himself get comfortable and still long enough to fall asleep.
I am so very much the same as God’s child. I allow myself to get so restless and worked up about this thing or that and get my whole self in such an uproar that I can hardly settle back down. God keeps saying, “just come here child and rest with Me a while,” but I just want to wiggle. God said in His Word that He would give us rest, He would carry our burdens, He would go before us and lead the way so that we don’t have to panic about where we are going…but for some reason we still try and fight Him and that restorative rest He is calling us to. The world has lied to us and told us that we have to be movers and shakers, that we have to always be on the go. That somehow if our calendar isn’t booked solid then we aren’t contributing enough to society. And God forbid if we were to say no to any requests on our time, especially if it’s a church related function. No way. Gotta keep moving, no time to rest, gotta wiggle, gotta go gO GO CAN’T STOP!! So we keep right on running on empty until we collapse and all that battling accomplished nothing except to wear us slam out. And see that’s just the thing – Satan either wants to keep us busy enough or tired enough that we aren’t able to hear a thing God says to us over the commotion of the world…or egads, even the commotion of the church! Now isn’t that nuts? Being so busy with “God things” that we can’t even hear God. Been there, done that.
When we rest in God, we find restoration and renewal we can’t find anywhere else. We can’t rightfully do the things He’s called us to do with one eye open, one eye shut and staggering around all worn out and weak. As important as it is for our physical bodies to rest, the same is true of our spirits. We’ve got to have spiritual restoration. Finding time to quiet our spirits is vital for us in our faith journey. We wouldn’t go into the desert without canteens of water, so why would we go into the spiritual battlefield without canteens of Living Water? If we always pour out and pour out, eventually there’s nothing left unless we allow ourselves to be replenished. We must have time to refill our canteens. We never know what lies ahead, what battle we will be fighting and we’ve got to be ready.
In Mark’s gospel right before the whole feeding of the 5,000 thing, we are told that the disciples had just had a day of driving out demons and healing the sick. Just before all the loaves and fishes came on the scene, Jesus told his disciples in Mark 6:31:
Then, because so many people were coming and going
that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them,
“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Ahhh…come with Me to a quiet place and rest. Oh Jesus, I am so there.
God’s lullabies are more beautiful than anything you’ve ever heard. His voice is like silk as it envelopes us and His breath in our ear as He sings is so sweet. He sings songs of peace, songs of grace, songs of love…songs that our souls desire so much to hear.
So stop all that wiggling, child and go rest a while with your Daddy…
The LORD your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
He will quiet you with his love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.