{Faith 52} Matthew 11:28

 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” ~Matthew 11:28

I’ve been thinking of this verse all week.. If you are just catching up with me, I am doing an image every week based on a bible verse along with a group of photographers.  I have yet to post one in time to have it included on the group blog, but that’s okay.  I am blogging them, and as long as I keep going with it it’s all good.

 All week I’ve been thinking about the images that come to mind when I think of this verse, and they are all pictures of me with my hot cup of coffee, feet up enjoying my latest photography magazine…. or maybe reading my bible.  Instead my coffee is in the microwave for the third time, and the only thing I have read is my daughters spelling words, Brown Bear Brown Bear, and a few Facebook posts.

My days are spent running here and there, cleaning, cooking, building towers, braiding hair, and wiping sweet little noses over, and over, and over {well this time of year}, changing diapers, pouring dirt out of little shoes, and chipping away at my mountain of laundry that grows instead of shrinks. When the kids are at the sitter, I am shooting and editing pictures, sometimes not even stopping for lunch because I am trying to get it all done before 5.  When I do sit for a minute, I feel anxious, like I need to be doing something… there’s always things to do.  I am not bitter about any of the tasks that I have to do… I LOVE my kids, husband, and work so much.  I think right now I am just worn out.  It doesn’t seem fair… that I don’t get to relax. Raising kids is work.  Here’s a quote from a book called  Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches that I loved.

“When God gives us children, it is work that He is giving us.  Work that comes with huge attendant blessings and bonuses, but work nonetheless.”

My precious work is there after 5, it’s up in the night and early in the morning.  I can’t shut it down like a computer, and sometimes the hours seem endless.  They don’t come without rewards, smiles, hugs, and lots of really mushy kisses…. but boy do they like to interrupt my sleep aka rest.

… then I figured it out.  The key word of this verse isn’t rest.  I’ve been looking at this verse all wrong.  “Come to me…” That’s the key.  He will give me rest.  I’ve been trying to do it all on my own, and I admit it, I don’t find my rest in Him {Jesus} the way I should.  This season of life I am busy, I am overwhelmed, and I am guilty of not laying my burdens down at his feet because I don’t think I have time.  It’s time for me to simplify, clean out the things I don’t need to be doing, and go to Him.  I am going to challenge myself this week to wake up and spend time in the word and prayer.  I think even 10 minutes would make a big difference in my day.  I am also going to look seriously at my work and life to see where I can make changes.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” ~Matthew 11:28 …. He knows..I am not the only one that is tired, chances are you are too.  I hope that you are able to go to Him, to find rest.  Sweet sweet rest.  Who knows… maybe I will even take a nap today… or maybe I will clean up spilled milk for the 3rd time today… It’s ok if I do… I mean, look at those eyes.

 

p.s.  Here’s a link to the book by Rachel Jankovic I quoted on Amazon.  If you are a mom of little ones… I highly recommend this book. The chapters are short so you can actually read one or two a day and I felt so encouraged by the end.  I bet you would too.:)

 

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January 24, 2013 - 9:11 PM

Miriah - I am so glad you loved that book! I enjoyed it too! I am loving your project 52. I have been feeling so many of the same things.

I am so thankful to call you friend–after all these years!

One special thing God has been blessing me with are sunsets. My kitchen window faces West and I have been saving a few dishes everyday for that magic time when the sky is painted in the most surreal and exquisite colors, it makes that daily chore a gift! And such a lavish reminder of His love!

love you!

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