My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place. (Jeremiah 50:6)
There’s something so significant about rest. That’s something I’ve been learning the past couple weeks. Day after day, I’m wearing myself thin. There’s just so many things I want to do and so many people I want to see! Even when I tell myself to take a break and just spend the day relaxing, I find a reason to leave the house or work longer or stay out later than I need to.
Yesterday morning, as I was reading through Jeremiah 50, I came to this verse in which the Lord is referring to the Israelites as lost sheep because they “forgot their own resting place”. I, too, had forgotten my resting place.
I kept believing that staying busy is healthy and needed, when really I just needed to run to the Lord FIRST. If I had, I’m sure I would’ve made better decisions, such as actually getting into bed at a decent hour or maybe saying no to a few commitments I didn’t need to make. And even when I had no choice but to be busy, I still should’ve knelt at the feet of the giver of peace. He does provide exactly what we need to get through our hectic and stress-filled lives. The problem is, I wasn’t letting Him. I had forgotten where true rest comes from and how vital that rest truly is!
For the next week, I will finally have the chance to rest and relax- on the beach in Florida! I’m so thankful that God has given me an opportunity to take a vacation in such a beautiful place. No work, no stress, nobody driving me nuts- it sounds like a dream come true right now. But if I get back from my vacation and then end up doing the same things I was doing before, what good is it? If I know I need rest, A LOT more of it, and God is a provider of that rest… well, then I got a few things to change!
And if you’re feeling the same way I am, knowing that you’re being worn thin and all your efforts to relax and wind down have been pretty futile, perhaps you need to make a few changes yourself. And the first change I suggest for both you and I is running straight into the arms of our Father who never leads us astray and causes us to wander aimlessly. We find rest, peace, and joy in His presence. That’s the only place we really need to be.
If you have a busy schedule, fine. If you have a lot of things to do and a lot of people to see, that’s okay. But don’t think you can get through it alone. You need a Shepherd looking out for you. Don’t forget your resting place.