We spend our lives hanging our hopes and dreams of true happiness on the hat of achievement or success while its fulfillment is fleeting. We tend to tell ourselves that ‘we’ll be really happy when’…
…we reach a certain pay grade
…we find the perfect match
…we have x number of children
…we buy a larger home
…we travel the world
….While these are lofty and worthwhile goals and dreams, we will never be satisfied or at rest in these alone.
…or what about – we’ll be really happy when…this storm passes or I am healthy again?
THEN, I will be happy and my soul will be at rest!
What if true rest is found in surrender?
What if the peace we seek is found in the person of Jesus Christ? I submit to you that it is only then that the searching, the seeking, the striving … is fulfilled and complete.
All too often our focus goes askew. We lose sight of the fact that He is the Potter and we are the clay. Does the clay tell the Potter what to make? No. Never. Sometimes our lives segue into unchartered waters and we fear we may drown. It’s during those times, especially, that our focus must be redirected on the One who has all power in His hands. That doesn’t always mean the storm will be averted or our path will miraculously veer around the storm. It does, however, mean that God is there no matter the circumstances. He is our Peace in troubled times. No matter the situation, we can find rest.
Each of our journeys are unique. We each run a different race, face particular battles, etc. But we are all created by the same God who made us to only find true peace and satisfaction in a personal relationship with Him.
We live in anxious times, no matter your geographic location. We just do. For all the academic achievements of mankind, sometimes we can be too prideful to realize our full dependence on an Almighty God. For all our intellectual ability and strivings, we remain completely lacking in every way. It is when we realize this, that we have begun to live. Really live. Life is so complex. Happiness can seem elusive if we continue looking in all the wrong directions. It is, however, completely attainable when we wholeheartedly surrender to God and know that no matter what we may be going through, He is there with us. He promises to never leave us or forsake us. In that, our future is secure and peace is attainable.
Rest today, friend, knowing that your circumstances do not somehow escape the watchful eye of an All-Knowing God. He sees. He knows. He cares. Rest.
“Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
~ Matthew 11:28