I love Eugene Peterson's translation of Matthew 11:28-30, from The Message.
“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
I feel like this translation speaks directly to me. Am I tired? Yes. Am I worn out? Yes. Am I burned out on religion? Yes, there have definitely been times I've felt this. Who hasn't felt these things at some point in their lives? I can remember days so vividly of coming home exhausted and feeling like I would snap at the next person to even speak to me. We live and work in a way that often gets unbalanced, and sometimes it takes reaching our breaking point before we acknowledge and act on our bodies need for rest.
Jesus invites us to come with him to "recover our lives, and show us how to take real rest." In some ways this sounds like a "reset." Creating space for recovering what we have lost, and recovering the person we are when we feel balanced.
A couple years ago I started taking quarterly personal retreats. This practice helped me "reset" myself before I'd come to my breaking point. Although, at times I find it difficult to make space for personal retreats, I often feel much better having taken the time to do it and come back feeling more refreshed.
There are different types of rest for different seasons, and different types of burn out. The only person that can tell you what you really need, is you. You know when it's time to get away and time to rest. Jesus has invited each of us into a space of real rest. A space where we can recover what we have lost, and be restored.
This week I invite you to hear the invitation Jesus has extended to you, and then act on it. Go away to a place where you can discover real rest with Jesus, and explore the difference that real rest makes in your life.