“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” - Matthew 11:28-30
Learning the balance of work and rest is not easy. For years I struggled to find a balance between these things, and to be honest, I still do. We have so many demands placed on us daily, not all of those demands are bad, but they all require time. It can be difficult to separate our work and rest. It can also be difficult to know the type of rest our bodies truly need.
One way to can begin to find balance is to learn from Jesus the unforced rhythms of grace. Jesus doesn't take away the burdens we carry, but encourages us to trust that as we yolk to to him we begin to carry a different kind of weight. One that is light and helps us to move freely. As we learn to trust Jesus with our burdens, we begin to learn rhythms of grace, and the weight of the burden begins to change.
What burdens are you carrying? How can you trust Jesus with those burdens? What can you learn as you begin to yolk to Jesus? What type of rest is your body calling for this week?
There was a season of my life where I practiced the discipline of unplugging. When I came home from work I plugged my phone into the wall and left it there. I pretended it was a good old fashion phone attached by a cord to the wall. Through this practice I learned a new rhythm to life. I began slowing down and was learning how to be in the present moment. This practice allowed me the space I needed to discover the rest I needed.
As you ask yourself what type of rest your body needs, explore the ways that you can begin to slow down and create space for rest. Maybe you can start at bedtime. Shut down all your electronic devices a couple hours before you go to bed. When you lay down to sleep, close you eyes, take a deep breath in through your nostrils, then exhale a couple seconds longer than your inhale. Continue this breathing pattern, and with each exhale allow the muscles of your body to relax. Begin to let go and explore the unforced rhythms of grace, as your body and mind begin to enter into a place of rest.