Resting in God's Will
Come to me and I will give you rest - all of you who work so hard beneath a heavy yoke. Wear my yoke - for it fits perfectly - and let me teach you; for I am gentle and humble, and you shall find rest for your souls; for I give you light burdens." Matthew 11: 28-30 (TLB)
Belle Todd lives in Texas. She had retired from her job of over 20 years, and her children were all grown with families of their own. Her once-hectic schedule of being a working mom seemed to come to a screeching halt. Belle should have been relishing this newfound slower pace. After all, wasn't this what she had looked forward to during those busy, exhausting years? Yet she found herself slightly depressed and feeling a sense of failure. She felt guilty that she was not accomplishing more in her life. She felt restless and like a fish out of water.
Finally, she did something she wish she had done earlier: she prayed about these feelings. The Lord began to remind Belle gently of things she was accomplishing. God also reminded her that she didn't need to keep up the former breakneck speed of her schedule. This was a different season of her life, and the pace could be slower.
Belle felt God's encouragement all through her spirit. She realized that those whispers of guilt and discouragement were not what God wanted for her. She began to view her schedule through a different lens. She felt hope, relief, and a new energy. She was where she should be and was able to rest in that comfortable truth.
Prayer: Thank you, Father God, for guiding our lives. Help us to trust in your perfect will, in Jesus' name. Amen.
Rest for your soul does not necessarily mean rest for your body.