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The Rocking Chair

Do you ever wake up in the morning feeling like you were in a wrestling match during the night? You laid in bed all night tossing and turning, worrying about the stuff of life. You wake up feeling more tired than when you went to bed. We all face challenges in life, and whether it is financial, physical, relational, vocational, medical, or emotional, not one of us is exempt from the bumps and bruises in life. Sometimes those bumps and bruises only cause a minor sore spot, other times the broken bone is sticking out of your leg.

Many times, both in the little skin bruises and the major bone breaks, we find ourselves in stress overload, and in the darkness of night, those issues often seem worse. Have you ever felt like that? Or maybe you feel as if you simply cannot get away from your hurts and pains, or worries and fears, and there is no place to rest your weary and worn down body and soul. Usually sitting in a rocking chair on your porch while reading a good book and listening to the birds calms your spirit, but right that, not even that soothes your soul.

First, let us say that we are in no way diminishing any struggles you might be facing, whether they be big or small. Now let us also say that we have a God who is both interested in your bumps and bruises AND who can also care for those bumps and bruises. In the secular world we often talk of people who have either responsibility but not authority or authority but no responsibility. Well, God has both!

So today, we ask you this question. Right now, are you stressed, worried or burdened? If that is you, then today, right now, wherever you are, Jesus invites to a place or rest. A place that is immeasurably better than that rocking chair on your porch. We find these comforting and inviting words in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” He goes on in verse 29 to promise us that we will “find rest for our souls” when we come to Him. And this is not a one-time offer; it is an offer with no expiration date and one that allows you to use it over and over again.

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina

8/18/2017

 

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