Rest is a wonderful thing. And God has invited us to come and join his rest. However, it is because of Jesus that we are even able to do so. Jesus is greater than angels, as discussed yesterday, but he is also greater than Moses, as discussed today. And even though we turn away, just as the Israelites did from God during the time of Moses, we still have an opportunity to approach God. As the author puts it, we have a great high priest. Instead of the priests God set up, beginning with Aaron, we have Jesus. Jesus who knows what we are going through because he has experienced it.
And yet, do we keep this greatness to ourselves? Or do we continue to bring the good news to others that they too may enter this rest won for us by Christ Jesus. Not that we cause them to enter by any means, but that God may work through us to reach those whom he loves.
One of the hardest things about this summer has been accepting rest. It might sound weird, especially if you don’t know me, but I feel like I’m wasting a lot of time by not filling every moment of my day with stuff. I put something in my calendar on my phone and I feel good that there are little blocks filling up the emptiness of the page.
You could say I’m like Martha.
I think Martha’s rest would look kind of like mine does. Sitting and doing nothing, but all the while mind whirring with things that should be done and what I could be doing if I wasn’t just sitting here. Accepting the fact that I’ve been given a gift of rest is hard. Slowing down enough to actually listen to the teachings and let them sink in instead of having them bounce off the back of my head as I keep ploughing through.
I’ve actually never looked at the story of Mary and Martha this way. Maybe Martha even thought she was doing a pretty good job keeping the serving to a minimum! Who knows? The only thing for certain is she was more worried about serving and getting things done than sitting in Jesus’ presence. He was giving her a gift that she wasn’t accepting. I like to think that she went from there and started working towards doing that. I don’t know that it was instantaneous, this part of their story stops after Jesus reprimands her.
But I think that though Mary and Martha acted and reacted differently, Martha also grew from this time.
On the night of this January 1, I’m reflecting on everything that has happened.
ok, thats a lie. I’m going to do that on Friday maybe …
However, I did want to share this song that I heard recently. My favourite Youtube channel is Blimey Cow. I have literally watched every single video twice, and I show it to pretty much everyone I can. Then I was a stellar genius and remembered I have twitter so I can follow them.
Anyway, they tweeted about this one song by Pompton Lakes. I don’t usually follow links for things, but I did on this one occasion. It was oddly the perfect thing for what I needed to hear on that day. You’ll notice I haven’t written in a while; and while I deeply regret that, it couldn’t be helped. I plan on writing more about it later, but I had reached a point in my semester/year where everything added up and I was at my wits end, end of the wick, hanging onto a thread, or however else you want to put it.
Most people didn’t believe that I was having as much trouble as I was, which just made it worse. I needed rest, and this song speaks of the rest and comfort that I can find in Christ. My soul can find rest in Christ alone.
Rest can be one of the hardest things for us to find sometimes. There is so much stimulation and quickness of pace in society, and it is all to easy to assume that we can do something all on our own. But true rest is only found in one place. Yes, it can be hard to realize and accept, but the rest is there for the taking. The peace that comes with knowing Christ is something that cannot be replaced with anything else.
So, without further ado, Rest – Pompton Lakes.