Jesus: Our Rest
Learning to Keep Company with Him
by Emmy Tedder.
With the mid-year mark fast approaching and the length of daylight dwindling daily, the darkness of winter seems to so easily settle inwardly on the horizon of our souls. We can find ourselves living only for the weekend, daydreaming of the next holiday, and longing for that much-needed rest when the burdens and stresses of life pile up on our shoulders. However, when that deep weariness of life sets in, we need much more than a holiday or an extra hour of sleep to find true rest…we need rest for our soul, which can only be found in the person of Jesus.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 11, “Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest…Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly (The Message).” The invitation to live freely and lightly is an enticing, yet often elusive, reality in our modern world. However, the only way to truly temper the pressures of life and the trap of busyness, and find that true soul rest and freedom is in spending time with Jesus, who is our hope, who is our peace, who is our rest (Hebrews 6:19, Ephesians 2:14, Matthew 11:29 NIV).
The phrase, “to keep company with” refers to a consistent habit of fellowship. If we truly desire to find rest for our soul, spending time with Jesus can’t be a hit or miss practice, but rather a daily, moment-by-moment, habitual “togetherness” with Him – in our thoughts, our routines, our decision-making, our time. By putting in place a pattern of partnership with Jesus, in all we do and in all we are, we will recover the freedom and lightness of a rested soul that God intended when he promised us life and life to the full (John 10:10, NIV).