Press the pause button


Batteries get recharged. Cars get pumped. Fields get fallowed. But what about us? How do we get re-energised, refuelled and rested? If you’re anything like me you attempt to press your pause button with either escapism or alternative activity.

For escapism I’ll drift away from the restlessness I feel by diverting my attention onto other people’s stories, real life or make believe, it doesn’t really matter, as long as they’re not mine. Media screens provide easy doorways into illusions of reality. And I enter, convincing myself with lies like; “it’s important to always stay up to date with what’s going on” or “I’ll feel rested after a good film”. Yet it isn’t and I don’t.

On better days I’ll try in vain to press my pause button with some alternative activity. Ill fill my spare time going from one errand to another. Maybe I can’t sort the burden I feel but I can sort the lawn or the dripping tap (sometimes!). And when I do, that elated feeling of having achieved something stills my mind… for the best part of 30 seconds, until that familiar weariness creeps back in.

Yet there is another way. There is someone who offers to press my pause button for me. He doesn’t need me to work myself into His rest, just acknowledge my need for it. He wants me just as I am; weary and burdened, no pretenses. Then it arrives. An awareness of his gentle and humble heart enveloping mine, loving out the striving and stress and loving in the rest my soul was thirsting for.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29.

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