When You’re Craving Rest

Sometimes, when you’re sick or sad or just not feeling like yourself – when you’re lonely, insecure, and just a little tired – sometimes, you just want someone to hold you, rock you and make you feel better.

There’s been a lot of that in our house recently. To date, we have had colds and stomach bugs as well as new teeth cropping through. Of course, as you mommies out there can relate, that means the silver lining is lots of sweet cuddles:

It’s especially at times like that that little people need (and want) mommy and daddy. They are inconsolable and heartbroken. Otherwise friendly and outgoing children cling with unnatural force to their mother’s arms. Normally easy going and cheerful tikes whimper and mewl and lay their heads on your shoulder. They wake up in pain (or in a mess) and they cry out, because they know someone is there. They know that when their world is upside down, there is someone who will come and pick them up, clean them and hold them and reassure that they are safe and they are loved.

But it’s not just little ones that need that assurance. We big kids need that too. We whimper (and whine). We cling and cry. We cry out and ask for rest and peace.

And if we are crying out to God Himself, He answers and comforts.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
~ Matthew 11:28-30

It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
~ Psalm 127:2

In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
~Psalm 4:8

I think that same comfort, that same peace, that same rest that my little kids crave from me can be found more perfectly and completely in the Lord. He grants rest. He grants safety. He watches over us while we sleep. So if you’re struggling and tired, if you’re weary of life, reach out. Call out to the One who is always listening. He alone can grant you sweet and perfect rest.

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