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Spiritual Rest Doesn’t Ignore Physical Rest

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Rest copyEarly one morning I heard shouts coming from my father’s bedroom. “No!” he argued in his sleep. “Go!” Dementia had affected my father’s mind and a night’s rest was unpredictable for the entire family.   

I struggled to open my eyes, but within seconds, my husband said, “I’ll take care of him—go ahead and sleep.” With a grateful sigh, I rolled over, hugged my pillow, and slipped into a deep sleep.  

There are times when rest isn’t possible. Life has its sudden changes. People need to work long hours to meet deadlines. A mother has to adjust to the sleeping patterns of her newborn. We may find faithful believers overwhelmed and suffering from chronic stress.

Jesus offers spiritual rest, but spiritual rest doesn’t ignore physical rest. Jesus wanted His church to support one another. When we find ourselves physically and emotionally exhausted, it’s time to become recipients and allow others to bless us with their kindness and love.

When Israel battled Amalek, in Exodus 17:8-15, their victory was secure as long as Moses kept his staff raised. I can image the tension as fatigued muscles caused Moses’ arms to fall. Aaron and Hur, however, stood alongside Moses and held his arms until Israel prevailed.

Who is your modern day Aaron or Hur? Perhaps it’s a friend, neighbor or family member. The reprieve and source of strength can refresh, but asking for help is an act of humility that reaps blessings. 

Sometimes, we need to walk in humility even if others see our weaknesses. When we walk in weakness, God shows us what we need to let go, where we need to hang on, and how to redirect our thoughts. In those moments, we become strong.

When we feel we’re losing a battle, it’s time to find our Aaron or Hur. It’s time to let others bless us with support, laughter and rest.

“Therefore encourage one another . . . ” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 New American Standard Bible).  

Have a blessed weekend.

Marisa Shadrick

 

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New American Standard Bible : 1995 Update. LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995.

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