“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Is this a bit of what it’s like for You, God? We’re Your children, Your busy babies. So very busy exploring, touching, tasting, rarely pausing for a bigger picture than what is immediately at hand.
But soon something happens that gets in our way, blocks or stops us from what we were after. We get frustrated . . . mad.
We start to cry. Then wail. All we can feel is our frustration at not getting what we wanted.
But, loving Father that You are, You pick us up, wrapping Your Arms around us, and hold us close. We feel immobilized. . . blocked. Stuck.
In reality, we’re being held in Your Arms. Arms of love. Near to Your Heart. Snatched away from what we’d set our eyes on. Away from what we wanted. It takes a while to begin to stop fighting. We only see restraint. A barrier. Watching what we wanted going out of our sight…out of our reach. We try to pull free. Sometimes with a lot of crying.
But You see an over-tired child of Yours. A child You love, and know that a nap is needed. We struggle against Your strong arms of love wrapped around us. You are unrelenting. And we complain . . . and cry.
After a while, Your child’s complaints begin to quiet. The struggle to be freed weakens, and we begin to relax in Your strong Arms. The weary little head begins to rest on Your chest. Near to Your heart.
And at last, sweet rest. Sleep.
And you smile.
Thank You, Father, for loving us enough to make us rest.