"This Is the Refreshing"

Jane Douglass White

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What refreshes you? Is it a cold glass of lemonade when you are thirsty? When you listen to your favorite music, does it give you a lift? We have a bagpiper in our church. When he and the organist play a prelude, my heart seems to leap with joy. Do you enjoy a nap in a hammock on a lazy summer day? Thomas Alva Edison, the great inventor, would take a ten-minute nap in the middle of the day. He awoke refreshed and ready to work again.

Isaiah tells us that God said, “This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing” (v. 12, kjv). Yet we, like the people of Isaiah’s day, get so busy with all the activities of our lives that we don’t take time to spend with our Lord. Soon we start to feel tired and overburdened. Then our minds are filled with thoughts of defeat, inadequacy and fear. Depression sets in.

Jesus invites us to come to him for refreshment. When we take even fifteen minutes a day to study God’s Word and pray, we can be refreshed and ready to take on the day’s challenges with ease.


Father, forgive us for being so busy with the day’s tasks that we miss the opportunity to have fellowship with you. Thank you for your constant refreshing love that is always here for us. Amen.