I recently read an article titled 22 Life Lessons I Learned from my Mentors that Every Person Should Know. I was curious to see what lessons I had already learned and could learn. Most of the life lessons mentioned were practical and relatable enough to stop and make me think. For example, lesson 1. “I like to work because that keeps me young.” I have not reached retirement age yet, but I would like to think that even when I do reach that time, I will continue working in one form or another. I do not want to be idle. Life lesson number 4. caught my attention as well, “If people want to go. Let them. And wish them well.”, well, simply because at my age I’ve already experienced the revolving door of friendships and acquaintances. I have learned (life lesson) that I cannot force people to be in my life, nor should I – they come and go – and all are in my life for a season and purpose. As I continued down the list, I even came across some that I’ve said myself at some point (i.e., 12. “Not everyone thinks the same way you do.” and 15. “Everything comes to an end.”).
However, the one that truly caught my attention was number 20. “Resting is more important than working.” The description that followed, in particular, “The art of resting is a difficult thing to learn. We’re all so restless. We want things to happen today, now, this very instant. Let it go. Just breathe for a second. Rest.” I agree, resting is so difficult to learn. Two songs that came to mind when I read the description were Jesus, I am Resting Resting by Steve Green and Rest in You by All Sons and Daughters.
Saint Augustine said it best in his opening paragraph of The Confessions “…for thou hast made us for thyself and restless is our heart until it comes to rest in thee.” Rest is truly hard to do. The article states “We’re all so restless.” There is much truth in that statement. And though, I understand the author is referring to physical rest and the importance of it, I find that the human condition is one of restlessness in spirit. This has an eternal impact that must not be overlooked.
Jesus Christ invites us into eternal rest with Him. Once accepted, His invitation penetrates the restlessness of our hearts as we, with the help of the Holy Spirit, understand that we cannot save ourselves. This understanding comes with the realization that we are spiritually bankrupt and in need of God. The poor in spirit seeking rest will find that rest in the great Master, the One who is gentle and humble in heart, Jesus Christ.
Oh restless, weary, and troubled soul, with all the cares and preoccupation of the world, have you found rest in Jesus?
28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
Check out a modern rendition of the hymn Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.