by Darla Noble
Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
Ethan and Callie were laughing with Callie’s parents over the fact that with a five and three-year-old in the house, there was never a dull moment. There were hamsters on the loose, a broken arm, bee stings, bike accidents, a zillion pictures on the refrigerator, a floor full of blocks and princess toys, non-stop questions, and a near-constant flow of requests for water, milk, snacks. And you could hear things like:
“Make her give that back!”
“Will you play with me?”
“I don’t want to do this and that.”
Almost endless talking like these are all normal for them.
After one particularly trying day, Ethan offered to watch the girls for a few hours so Callie could go do whatever she wanted: take a hot shower, crawl into bed, and read herself to sleep.
“Just some restful peace and quiet,” she said longingly.
If you’re a parent (especially a mom) whose children are grown, you know that the years pass all too quickly and that before Callie and Ethan know it, the girls will be grown. But you also know how real Callie’s needs are for rest, peace, and quiet.
So does God. That is why God wants us to let Him hold us close. He wants us to curl up in His loving arms and give us the peace and quiet we need. He wants us to rest in Him, giving Him our stress, chaos, worries, and problems. Will you?
God, I get tired sometimes.
I need rest.
I know I need restful assurance only You can give.
Give it to me today and every day, please.
I pray in Jesus’ Name, Amen.