“The clock is my dictator, I shall not rest.
It makes me lie down only when exhausted.
It leads me to deep depression.
It hounds my soul.
It leads me in circles of frenzy for activity’s sake.
Even though I run frantically from task to task,
I will never get it all done,
For my “ideal” is with me.
Deadlines and my need for approval, they drive me.
They demand performance from me, beyond the limits of my schedule.
They anoint my head with migraines.
My in-basket overflows.
Surely fatigue and time pressure shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the bonds of frustration forever.”
When looking for meditations and thoughts on rest, this antithesis of Psalm 23 by Marcia K. Hornok caught my attention.
I have often found myself caught up in this tedium of a task list of epic proportions. I often wonder if I will have enough to make it through the tidal wave of Things To Be Done.
Matthew 11: 28- 30 quotes Jesus telling us this: “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The interesting concept here is that Jesus tells us to take his yoke upon us. This sounds like more work to me, but the difference here is that he shares that yoke with us. He carries the weight with us and enables us to be not only more effective but also somewhat rested.
When we strive against the Things To Be Done alone, we find ourselves in that antithesis situation. There is no rest, there is no joy, and we tend to not get it all done.
When we realign our priorities by accepting Jesus’ yoke, the Things To Be Done are still there, but we have a new source of strength and peace.
We find a source to endure. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
There is comfort in the knowledge that we are not alone.
In Isaiah 41:10 God says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
If we reconnect with God in the midst of overwhelming life, he will give us what we need to make it through.
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