By Connie Kee
Living life from a place of rest may sound like an oxymoron, or even laughable, as rest doesn’t always fit in with life’s demands. Often we look more like the Energizer Bunny than one resting in green pastures. However, there is a place of rest that we can enjoy no matter how hectic or turbulent life is. I’m talking about a constant state that’s present when our car breaks down 200 miles from home or when our air conditioner goes out in 95 degree weather. It’s there when our job changes or we become sick; or even when we are “bone” tired and don’t have time for a nap. This rest is not dependent upon our circumstances or physical state, but has everything to do with our relationship with God.
The only path to living life from a place of rest – “ease, relief and refreshment of our souls”* – is through having a deep abiding faith, trust and belief in our Father God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Without this relationship, we go through life relying on self (self-sufficiency) or others, which breeds insecurity, lack of confidence, worry, fear and anxiety. This type of self sufficiency and/or reliance on others produces a false security because it is built upon a shaky foundation which will erode through the storms of life and the test of time. Self sufficiency, which is truly a heavy burden, always leads to working harder to maintain control and results in stress, burnout and fatigue – and often, disease and illness. There is never any true rest because there is no genuine security or confidence.
The truth is, though, that we have very little control over our lives, but there is “One” who does have control and is sovereign over all things. There is “One” who always “has our back” and is always working all things for our good. It’s through knowing this “One”, Jesus Christ, that we can find true rest for our souls. So, how do we find this rest and truly live life in it?
Visualize for a moment an ox with a yoke around its neck, pulling a cart. As the driver pulls on the reins, the ox moves in that direction. This example demonstrates our relationship, surrendered to Jesus as Lord. As we submit to Him as Lord over every aspect of our life, He guides and directs us into His perfect plan, will, and freedom. In this place, we find true rest.
Really? I must?
You may be asking yourself, what’s going on with all these “you must’s”? The truth is that all relationships are between two parties, and this is true concerning our relationship with Jesus. We have a responsibility to engage, to seek after, and to participate with our God. This is not only a tremendous privilege; it is one of those “we must’s” if we desire to enjoy the blessings and the true rest that come through Him. It is through our coming and abiding that we can truly live life from a place of rest – free from worry, fear and anxiety!
*The Amplified Bible & New King James Bible