I am writing this entry on March 24, 2010. It is 7 AM and the house is quiet. Denver Public Schools just announced that classes have been canceled because of snow. When I told my boys, they grunted in acknowledgment and rolled over in bed. I will not hear from them until noon. It still amazes me how they can sleep for 14 hours straight. Days like today are a gift. A break from the routine.
It is nice to be reminded that our lives do not have to be defined by how busy we are. It is OK to take a day and just be. No agenda. No rush hour traffic to deal with. Today will be a day to just hang out and see what happens. Maybe watch a family movie and eat popcorn.
In Matthew 11:28, Jesus reminded his followers that they did not have to be defined by their busyness either. He said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
If this is true, then why are our lives so defined by how busy we are?
It is not unusual for me to be in a conversation with a pastor or ministry leader and hear about his or her desperate need for a mental health break. Life has become so overwhelming that they just need to escape.
Did Jesus just get it wrong? Is the weariness and the burdens of life just too much for him to handle? Or maybe Jesus was talking about the rest we will get after this life is over. I personally do not think so.
Is it possible that we are too busy because we are unwilling to share the load with Jesus? Could it be our pride that prevents us from resting? I am not sure, but I am going to think about it today!