“Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.” – Ovid

{rest :// the refreshing quiet or repose of sleep; refreshing ease or inactivity after exertion or labor}

It’s nearly 3:00 am. Severe weather warnings flash across the tv. She watches the lightning fill up the dining room. Sounds of politic filled late night shows fill the background. The corner of the cozy couch conforms around her. Every few seconds a crack of thunder consumes her universe. Normally the young girl would be crawling out of her skin during a thunderstorm. Tucking herself away in her bed with headphones in and music blasting. Tonight was different. PTSD shot down. Her monster lost. Instead Jesus won. 

Unbothered by her surroundings, the young girl continued to watch a Facebook video. The woman in the video discusses about rest. How Jesus created in six days but the seventh was created specifically for rest. As she began to think about it, she couldn’t remember the last time she had rested. It had been over a week since her last off day from work. The young girl was exhausted. Physically, mentally and spiritually. She had veered off her path with her Heavenly Father and succumbed to the enemy’s power. Losing herself in work rather than finding herself in her faith.

The young girl climbs into bed. Turning on a new meditation a friend sent her. As the video starts she can feel her body relax. The words are powerful and meaningful. She can feel the impact in her soul. Noticing the words the young girl pays attention to the mention of rest again. This was Jesus’ way of calling His daughter back to Him. 

The “to do” lists would still be there. Her job wasn’t leaving. School work wouldn’t diminish. Friendships would not be broken and the world would still be spinning. It was time she carved out some time, even just 15 minutes, to rest. She needed to spend time in prayer and allow her body to recharge. The young girl wasn’t being selfish, she was learning to take care of herself. 

The only way to refuel herself was through Jesus. In a world full of high demands and countless temptations it’s easy to become burned out quickly. Her little thunderstorm moment was a glimpse of peace. She wanted to make a habit of fueling her fire in a healthy way. A fire fueled by Jesus. 

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 


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