Real Rest

Anyone who knows me well knows that I struggle with asking for help. It would almost seem that I enjoy juggling the roles I hold in life while adding the word “Super” before each – spouse, mom, friend, employee. Every day I placed unnecessary pressure on myself to complete every task on every list all by myself when, in fact, no one expects me to. The idea of delegating responsibilities is as foreign to me as the idea of quantum physics. But every once in a while, I am forced into a corner and left with no other option.

Yesterday it was absolutely impossible for me to be in 3 places at one time. I had to stay at work so I called my spouse to make a trip to the grocery store and my friend to pick up my daughter from school. Once they said “yes”, I trusted them to do those things. I was able to focus on my work and I didn’t think about those responsibilities again. My mind was able to rest.

Did you know that God wants us to ask him for help? Like our friends and family, He has never expected us to do anything, much less everything, on our own. He wants us to delegate responsibilities to Him. Our worries, our struggles, our unease, and our unrest. How do we know this? Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Freely and Lightly? Get away with me? Real rest? How awesome does that sound!

Here’s the key – once you ask someone to do something, you have to resist the urge to still do it yourself. It would not have made any sense for me to show up at my daughter’s school at the same time as my friend. Talk about confusing! The same goes with God. If you give Him a task to complete, don’t take it back. Let Him do His job and you do yours.

Containers

I grew up near San Francisco and one of my favorite things to do on a Saturday afternoon was find a cool eatery on the bay, order clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, and watch the huge container vessels come in and out of the ports. I was fascinated to watch them with their container stacked deep and high, full of goods from countries around the world. I would imagine the crew on the vessel and all the places they traveled and what exciting things they must have seen.

Containers. Hundreds upon hundreds and thousands of containers full of man-made goods to be sold for profit primarily to build big business, and most likely made by the hands of poor people in sweat shops around the world, are transported over our oceans every day. I digress.

Containers. Vessels. Drums. Barrels. Casks. Kegs. Kettles. Tanks. Vats. Basins. Jugs. Pots. Buckets. Tubs. Spirits.

Why did I end that sentence with the word, “Spirits”? That word doesn’t seem to go with the all the different types of containers I listed there, or does it?

Colossians 2:3 tells us that In Christ are hidden, or stored, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. ALL. ALL the wisdom and ALL the knowledge about EVERYTHING is stored In Christ. To the believer, this is really great news because we have believed In Him which means we have received his Spirit, 1 Corinthians 2:16.

ALL that Christ has, which is everything, has been deposited into our inner being by the Holy Spirit. Our spirit is a Godly container, made from Godly material, and by faith is full of ALL the wisdom and ALL the knowledge of God, Ephesians 3:19.

Great news! It is in our best interest to open the container and pull out all that God has put in there for us to use. How do we do that? Proverbs 20:5 says that we can draw from the deep well that is within us by using our mouth, 1 Corinthians 2:7, 13.

YOUR mouth is the ladle of your spirit. Your words that are spoken by revelation of the Holy Spirit literally pull out of your spirit the things God has put in there for your use.

Ask God about it tonight. Ask God to show you how to pull all the goods from your spirit by words spoken in faith.