Recently, I have been bogged down in my list of things to do. With the move of our family looming over us (we move this Friday), I have just been “heavy laden” with chores. In fact there is so much going on in my little brain, that I find myself awake at 4:30am trying to figure out where I am going to put my furniture in the new house. I usually end of dragging myself out of bed and sitting with a cup of coffee to think about the arrangement in more detail. I know it’s crazy. I know it is such a waste of my time. I know I am just causing more stress and anxiety into my life. I get all those things. Unfortunately, I just cannot help it. Yesterday I spent most of the day at the new house allowing workmen to come in and out to make repairs, give me estimates for repairs and tell me that what I had planned just isn’t going to work. I should have just opened up my checkbook to everyone. And to top it all off, TJ was home sick from school. Can I say STRESS in any more ways?
So when I awoke this morning my ear had this striking pain and my body ached like I had done the Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout the day before. As I arose from bed my head had a striking pain to it and the congestion in my sinuses was evident. OH NO!!! I CANNOT GET SICK THIS WEEK! NO GOD! PLEASE TAKE AWAY THIS ILLNESS FROM MY BODY!
After dropping off the kids this morning, I thumbed through my book, “Revealing Faith” to see what scripture caught my eye. What do you know; I found this Matthew scripture. Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Rest sure sounded nice to me. Could I possibly just take the day off and rest from my pain, anxiety and illness. Could I? There is so much to do around the house. Should I really take the day and give my body much needed rest and relaxation? Duh. The answer is of course yes.
Even through the busiest days of our lives, we must take time to rest our body, soul and mind. We must take time to just let God soak into our very soul to energize us for big events. My move is a big event. It is a life changer for us. As my family downsizes our life, we will experience feelings of regret, remorse and happiness all at the same time. We will be on a roller coaster for the next several months. Even with the best laid plans, things will go awry. We have to prepare our body, soul and mind for all of those moments. If I keep going, going, and going some more, and I never find time to rest in the mix of it all, then evil will win over. In order to battle all that evil – regret, remorse, second thoughts, and short tempers – I must make time to rest in God’s arms.
Today, God is calling me to rest. He made it blatantly obvious. “Your body needs to rest, Anne. Since you aren’t feeling well, maybe this is the time to relax in my arms. Let me take over for the day. Let me handle the things that really need to get done. Let me show you the importance of finding time to just be with me. Soak me up like a warm, luxurious bath. Let me prepare you for what is ahead.”
I think you all know my answer to God today – ABSOLUTELY! Prepare me for the battle ahead!