With the stress of midterms behind us, and fall breather having arrived (finally), I can truthfully say that I am getting some much needed rest. The stress of homework, classes, campus activities, and the like, all take a toll on our energy, and we find ourselves weary from the long weeks of little rest. However, physical rest is not the only thing we need; we need spiritual rest as well.
A certain passage came to mind when I got to thinking about our need for spiritual rest. Matthew 11:28-29 (ESV)says:
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.
In this passage, Jesus invites us to come to Him. However, only people who are burdened by spiritual bankruptcy, and weighed down by trying to save themselves, respond to Jesus. For the people who do not think they need rest will not turn to God. Jesus not only provides the perfect example of how we are to be—gentle and humble in heart—but he also promises us spiritual rest when we run to His arms.
I encourage you to run to Jesus every time you feel overwhelmed or burdened, for He is our source of rest.