BY: Leslie AnnMarie Hines
BIBLE TEXT: “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Lately I’ve found myself buried in stress. I feel like I’m constantly running on empty and naps aren’t enough. This past month I’ve found myself at the altar just asking God for a new hunger and a new thirst for Him because I became stagnant. I found myself asking for strength because I can’t do it on my own. I found myself pouring out all the feelings I had towards the Lord — feelings of anger and confusion mostly. I was confused on why the Lord was distant and why I was so tired all the time. I was emotionally, physically and spiritually tired constantly and I couldn’t find rest. No matter how much I slept I was never energized.
The Lord pointed me back to Matthew 11:28 and began asking me how I find rest. The Lord asked, “If you’re hungry are you looking in the right pantry? If your thirsty have you drank from the right well? If you’re tired have you found rest in the right things?” It hit me then that all the Dr. Pepper wasn’t going to quench the thirst I had, Cracker Barrel wasn’t going to satisfy for much longer, and eight hours of sleep wasn’t going to give me the rest I was looking for. I was looking in all the right places physically, but spiritually they were all the wrong places. I wasn’t getting food from the Bread of Life, I wasn’t drinking from the right cup, and I certainly wasn’t finding rest under bed sheets.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: The Lord is saying, “Come.” Come and find rest in Him. He can quench any thirst and satisfy any need. If you’re stressed, tired, broken, weary, or lost run to Him because it’s where I found peace and refuge. I find myself constantly asking for rest and the Lord is always pointing me back to Him. This verse is a constant reminder that He is a provider of all things.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I have attended Life Assembly for my whole life. I graduated from Mount Juliet High School in 2014. I’m the granddaughter of Bryan and Janice Hines and the oldest of my siblings. I’m a third-year student at Evangel University studying youth ministry and psychology in the Church. After college, I plan on using my ministry in a teen home for girls who have been physically or sexually abused and struggle with self-harm, and I hope to become a youth pastor. In my free time, I like to binge-watch Criminal Minds, Law and Order: SVU, and How to Get Away with Murder. If I’m not binge-watching Netflix, you can find me dancing. I’m one of two captains of 2:10, Evangel’s ministry dance team.