The last five months have been a rocky ride. It began with discovering my husband waiting in the parking lot for me as I left work one ordinary Tuesday. I walked towards him with a big grin on my face because I thought we were about to go to Subway for supper and I wouldn’t have to cook! Yay!
As he rolled down his window, he said something usually benign…”Guess what happened today.” Before I could ask, a second sentence was on the way. “I lost my job.” Eddy, a physical therapist of 34 years, has given this profession his heart and soul. Loved by patients and respected by doctors, this just couldn’t be possible.
At that point I got into his truck and we, yes, headed to Subway for supper and to talk through the details of this crazy, unbelievable statement.
We encountered God’s daily grace and an extra measure of during this time. The offer of a new job took us out of the state of Mississippi for the first time in our 35 years of marriage. The process of finding a job and securing a professional license in a new state took three months. Those three months embodied some emotional stress.
Then came the move…the physical stress. Moving is not for sissies! I just kept thinking that soon this will all be over and I can rest. I would not be working initially and that thought carried me through the packing and unpacking of every box. However, when things settled down and the time for “rest” arrived, I was unable to truly embrace it. I even felt guilty having the coveted time to relax and unwind which is understandable because I am the poster child for Type A personality traits!
My daily quiet time includes a passage from “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. The most recent offerings have focused on rest and seeking God’s face.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn for me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, will I seek. (Psalm 27:8)
There is rest for us regardless how insurmountable our circumstances seem or how exhausted we are. There is emotional, physical, but most importantly spiritual rest found in Jesus. Time to find a quiet place away from the frenzy to seek His face. Trade the cumbersome yoke of burdens you have chosen for the yoke of Christ…a yoke offering rest for your soul…a rest that extra sleep, a vacation or anything this world offers can come close to touching.
I will leave you with a song and a prayer that we (myself included) find this spiritual rest so graciously offered us the through love and sacrifice of Christ! To God be the Glory!