The Answer to Finding Rest
Kelly Balarie, blogger at Purposeful Faith and author of the new book Rest Now: 7 Ways To Say No, Set Boundaries and Seize Joy is passionate about joining hands with women who often find…More
- 2015 Sep 09
My 4-year old son asks me a million questions a minute. Rapid fire, it's like a barrage of bullets that I feel I can't dodge sometimes. But, he wants to know, he must know. He won't quit until he DOES know.
It's a personal pursuit for him; he is trying to figure out how he fits into this grand ole thing called - the world.
He always believes.
And asks more.
And is eager.
Willing to learn. Expecting to hear.
My son makes me think...
We love to focus on this verse: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Mt. 11:28-29
We jump up and down when we read this one: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Mt. 11:30
But, we hardly consider the verse just a couple lines above it: “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; Mt. 11:25
Could it be that verses are related?
Might we not feel our burden is light,
because we haven't really established God as our sight?
Perhaps, we haven't fought after God's ways like a child would - like my son would.
A child might beg, "What things do I need to learn? How do I do it? Tell me. Tell me. Tell me. Show me too. I want to learn! I want to do it!"
Do we want to learn? Not in a heady, heavy and show-offy sort of way, (like the wise and understanding ones that God hid truth from), but like the hungry, listening, watching and active children that are rambunctious for truth.
God easily hands out rest to those seeking children; they need it - they tire themselves out with their relentless pursuits. He lays them down in the comfort of his safe pastures, under the wings of eagles and in the safe refuge of his mighty tower.
God lets the hungry be full - with his nourishment that never stops filling.
They seek God and they find him.
They hope for an answer and they hear one.
They wait and they receive the power of his Word.
Hungry. Hopeful. Listening. Ready. Eager to know the one driving them around all the time, leading the way, staying close minute by minute to make sure they stay in good health.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Mt. 11:27
The Father knows the son, the Son knows the Father.
How can we expect to know the Son, without asking to see him?
Pleading to see him,
leaning in to know him and
crying for a chance to behold him.
God picks up the whiney children wailing for more,
and carries us to make our loads lighter.
Then, we lay up against rest and lean on trust.
Gone, is the weight of striving and, present, is the hope found in abiding.
Our daddy takes good care of us, as he always does for a loved child. Our souls find the rest after listening to the answers for our million questions we were always hungry for.