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Rest and Ruminate
March 1, 2017

Rest is diametrically opposed to the pressure of society.  Society seems to feed off activity, busyness, rushing around and noise.  It is not a small wonder that people struggle with anxiety, nervousness and worry.  On the contrary, the human spirit thrives in seasons of peace and rest, ruminating over the meaning and purpose of life.  To ruminate is to slow down and meditate, muse, ponder and consider the true meaning of life. 

The disciples of Jesus also seemed to gravitate to the hoopla and excitement that Jesus’ preaching and healing generated (Mark 1:32-34).  Jesus on the other hand thrived through his seasons of solitude, rest and connection with God (Mark 1:35-39).  At a particularly busy time in engaging the crowds, being so engaged that there was no time to eat, Jesus said, “"Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."  (Mark 6:31)  The psalmist wrote, “Be still and know that I am God.”  Take a break from controlling your life and let God be in control.  Jesus said,

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  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.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

What is keeping you?  What is blocking your time of rest?  Take the off ramp from the freeway of busyness and stress.  Rest with gentle music, painting, modeling clay, reading, etc.  Intentionally set aside time to rest in God’s presence, being in his presence in solitude and quiet rest. Ruminate on scripture, experiencing God’s word.  Speak to God from a place of rest and quiet trust.  Slow it down and be in God’s presence. 

pj
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