Posts tagged Jesus
Take A Load-Off

Are any of you just bushed? I mean, you’re just so tired that you’d like to take a load-off and rest for a bit?

That’s been me lately. I’ve not working so strenuously or anything like that. My wearisome soul isn’t being depleted from my job. It’s just life stress, you know. Sometimes it’s just a bit too much that I wanna throw in the towel and walk away from things. I’m sure a few of you can relate.

This bench reminds me of my need to rest, and upon what (or rather whom) I need to sit. For me, that’s Jesus. He once said to a bunch of folks….

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out…? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest…. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Mt 11:28-30, the Message)

Jesus is easy to rest upon. For me anyway, resting on him is almost as easy as plopping my derriere on a bench such as this. It’s just takes intention. I’m trying to do that more-and-more; and you know, it’s helping.

I don’t know where you at in life. But if you’re anything like me, perhaps you too just need to take a load-off. Perhaps, go find a nice bench (one that’s not so wet perhaps), rest your “dogs” for a bit, and consider giving all your burdens to the universe’s master designer. You too might just find a bit relief. I pray you do.

Please feel free to comment and share with me how you need rest. I’ll be glad to pray for you!

Presence of Peace

Sometimes it’s good to get off the beaten path and just be still. That was my afternoon, specifically, on my drive home from work.

As I finished my last call, I noticed a tint of color in the distant horizon. I knew the Maumee River was nearby and felt my spirit compelling me toward it. I soon realized why. The colors were stunning. My soul was beginning to feel at peace, and then it hit me once again.

Sometimes the world rages all around us. Politics. Social-upheaval. Crime. Worry. Family. Jobs and careers. Anything really. Inwardly, many of us feel the torment of raging waters, most of which (if we’re honest with ourselves) is self-inflicted. But then, there’s nature.

The serenity of the Maumee River this afternoon showcased nature’s calm and a heavenly reminder that peace is present. Sometimes it just takes getting out of the busy lane to see it.

It’s the season for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. Like I did, take a moment for you and enjoy the grandeur of God’s creation, and breathe in his presence of peace.

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give peace to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. — (John 14:27, NLT)
— Jesus of Nazareth