relief in the middle of responsibility
These were just a few thoughts that flooded my mind at 6:00 am this morning… Before the end of the week I have to finish my sermon, finish the Liturgy, practice and arrange the songs for Sunday. There are meetings with one of my band leaders, and our young adult ministry leaders. Meetings with my Community Group leaders and their wives. Not too mention all the people I’ve been neglecting in the ministries I oversee that I should be getting with. The creative team needs direction for future series, the video ministry has been waiting on me. Wow, way to schedule Pat.
Then there is my family, they need more of my attention. My calendar isn’t reflecting the priority of family. I need to schedule family nights, I need scheduled dates with my wife, with the kids. I need more times of devotion with the family. I need a good book to read on parenting. It seems like I’ve really been dropping the ball of late.
Then there are those crazy house projects. The landscaping that needs to be done, the sidewalk I’ve talked about putting in for the past few summers, the deck that needs some attention, pressure washing, trimming the trees. These are only a few jobs on the outside of the house but then there are those inside jobs...
Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matt. 11:28) What happens when we come to him? He gives us rest. The rest Jesus gives though is not a release from our obligations but is a promise of his nearness, his presence and his power to be with us. When we rest in him he speaks and directs us, he shows us what’s most important and what can wait. This is a sweet promise not of relief from responsibility but rather rest from that constant nagging and gnawing of worry.
Tomorrow I’ll wake up to another long list of things I need to do and less time in the week to complete it. Tomorrow I'll wake up to find a fresh invitation to come to him and find rest.