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I have lost count of the number of days we have been under the same roof as a family. All our schedules are shot and when we finally get a rhythm, there is more change. Ever since March, our lives have been different. Some of us had made the most of this time as a family and some of us are ready for a getaway a thousand miles away, alone. With church services online and zoom calls the new normal, finding time for rest, real rest, proves a challenge.

Taking a rest is different for every person. I used to love a good book to recharge myself, but with the twins running at my feet because we are limited to the areas we can go, that is no longer restful. Now a bike ride is my outlet for rest. When change hits us we are forced to respond. I think we would all agree. God tells us to rest. Pastor Henry Van Der Merwe reminded us of a passage we all know, Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Did you just read over that sentence? What hit me this time, is COME TO ME. Come to ME. COME. If we are needing rest, true rest that only Christ can provide, are we coming to Him?

All too often, especially with what’s going on around us, we throw our burdens on the Lord without coming to Him first. What does coming to Him look like? It looks like setting aside all our distractions (phone, a good book, turning the tv off, etc). Pastor Larry in kids church every week reminds the kiddos to put away anything that could be a distraction for them. We need to do the same. To come is a command. Leave everything distracting behind, and come into the holy place of the Lord, where is ready to meet you and handle all that life is throwing at you.

It is sadly too easy to forget that our Lord, our Savior, wants us to simply come to Him. He knows that all our routines are out the window, that we have been confined with our spouse for weeks, maybe months, and that our toddlers have ruined all our white shirts. The next time you need to find rest, remember that rest is first found by coming to the Lord. Don’t let the busyness of the day cloud the truth that real rest is found in our Lord. Lay aside all your distractions and put your phone on silent, in the other room. Take a moment now to rest in the Lord. Calm your spirit and read these words from Psalm 46: 1-2, 10-11:

“God is our refuge and strength
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore, we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea…

Be still, and know that I AM God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is OUR refuge.”