We recently returned from some time visiting friends and attending a convention that my husband wanted to visit. It was an interesting trip in many ways. Gaining the chance to spend time catching up with friends is always welcome; it’s the travel on the highways getting there that plays havoc on the nerves.
No one obeys the speed limit any more…even when that limit is 70 on the interstates. Most of the population are talking on cell phones as they drive (even truckers), and many refuse to wait one second while you pull over, preferring to cut in and out of traffic.
My usual comment is this: “We are all going six-feet-under. Why in the world are so many in such a hurry to get there?”
This vacation definitely brought us some lessons…some of which were unpleasant. We simply can’t do what we used to–driving the distances we once did; staying out as late; eating what we like; or keeping up the pace without napping. It is tough admitting that the old mare is not only gray, she is in danger of going to the knickers!!
Thankfully, God has given us some advice. Matthew 11:28-30-Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Life likes to pretend that all races go to the rich, the powerful, the strong, and the mighty. Yet, Jesus was intent on emphasizing His attitude on life in the above verses. HE IS MEEK AND LOWLY IN HEART. Do not for one moment, assume that He is weak. Far from it. Christ will return to usher in the time period of the upcoming final judgment where we will all stand before God. What Jesus wanted us to understand was that life’s battles are not always what they seem. Our souls can find rest in Him for He stands with us. His love is enough to change the darkest minds and hearts. His encompassing grace and mercy offers forgiveness to those who deserve none. Having Jesus Christ as our example allows us to find true rest in our souls even when we are forced to accept situations beyond our control and understanding.
I did a lot of praying on vacation. “God keep us safe. Please protect us from the storms. God give me strength. Thank you, God for this food. Thank you, God for the chance to see a good friend. Please God, bring us home safely.”
My prayers, naps, and the prayers of others gave me a blessed assurance and allowed me a time of comfort and rest….