We talk about time like a commodity – it is precious and we never have enough of it. We “make time”, “lose time”, “waste time”, “use time”, “spend time”, “save time”, etc. Yesterday, I “found time” – and a lot of it! Were you ever in a situation in which you had planned an out-of-town meeting and at the last minute, the plan fell through, and you had already decided to take the day off? What would a day without plans, promises, and “shoulds” look like to you? I suspect we learn a lot about ourselves in what we choose to do – or not to do — on such days.
I needed a rest. I have been thinking about making (big) changes in my life. I found a saying a couple years ago that I write in my journal every now and then. Sometimes I don’t need to make a change, I just need to rest. Yesterday was that time. I am reminded of Matthew 11:28: Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
So, how did I “rest” yesterday? After my customary time of prayer and reflection on the lanai, I enjoyed a second cup of coffee with The Way of Serenity by Jonathan Morris and The Reproach of Hungerby David Rieff. I made the mistake of going into my home office where I found a few books that needed to be put away. For the next three hours, I sorted and distributed the books in my home library. I had boxes of books for the local library, my church library, the thrift store, my office at church, and even a separate pile of books that I would like to read this summer. I checked the remaining books against my shelf list catalog and re-organized the bookshelves.
After my midday nap, I received an email message from the public library saying that the books I requested were available. Libraries and bookstores and some of my favorite places. I couldn’t wait to start reading At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier. I had read three of her earlier books.
On the way home from the library, I stopped to buy a jigsaw puzzle. I don’t make them often, and with good reason. Jigsaw puzzles bring out my compulsive behaviors. Hours can go by unnoticed while I am engrossed in puzzle making. I love the orderliness of puzzles and the way that everything fits together. Unfortunately, it’s hard for me to leave the pieces on the table and walk away! I was still at the dining room table late into the night. One of the benefits of puzzle making for me is that my hands are occupied so I tend not to snack at the same time!
Books, puzzles, naps, sitting on the lanai with my feet up, watching the clouds go by – some of the ways that I rest in the Lord when I am weary. What about you?
I leave you with a song by Kari Jobe, based on Matthew 11:28-30, called “Come to Me, You Weary One.” (You can find a performance on YouTube by searching for the title and composer.)
Come to me you weary one
And I will give you rest, I will give you rest (2)
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light
Take me upon you, I will give you rest
Come to me you broken one
And I will give you peace, I will give you peace (2)
You will calm your waters, and I will whisper peace be still
Take me upon you, I will give you peace
Come to me, Come to me
Come to me
I have been waiting for you here
I have been waiting for you here
Come to me you burdened one
And I will give you joy, I will give you joy (2)
You will rise like eagles, and my joy will be your strength
Take me upon you, I will give you joy
Come, Come to Him
Come find your peace
Come find your rest
Come find your joy
He is waiting here for you, he is waiting here for you
With open arms, to hold you, to embrace your heart
To love you
He is waiting here, He is waiting here