Reclaiming Rest

Joel Plantinga

READ : Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (v. 28, niv)

Try an experiment with me. Ask ten people how they are doing and count how many of them use the words tired, busy, or exhausted. Then ask yourself how you’re doing!

Technology was supposed to make life easier. Instead, it expanded our horizons and added to the expectations of what we ought to be able to accomplish. As people move farther out in attempts to find suburban utopia, they find it increasingly difficult to balance life’s responsibilities with truly enjoying life.

If I could compare our daily lives to the task of chopping down a tree, I would say that most of us are chopping furiously with a dull axe. Each swing depletes our energy with less and less effect, slowing us down to weak hacks. Wise people sharpen their axes through regular times of communion with God.

Jesus extends an invitation to the tired, busy, and exhausted people of the world. He reminds us that life doesn’t have to be like this, if only we will let him carry our burdens by setting aside the time to be with him, resting in his presence, and committing our responsibilities to him.


Lord, show us how we can make the most of each day by making time with you a priority. Lead us to rest in you. Amen.