An Invitation to Rest

Every man struggles to rest.

Why is this? It is because man believes two things: a) that he ought to control much and b) that he can control much.

Many of us believe that if we can simply control more we can produce better outcomes for ourselves. This assumes that the majority of our woes have been brought to us by the hands of others.

This is quite the assumption.

Let’s take it to be true. Consider the responsibility required if we insist on saying that our lives are in chaos when others infringe and encroach upon our wills. This would paint us as quite the specimen – each of us, if able to control the world around him, are able to eliminate chaos, and turmoil and fear.

And yet it has been my experience that my deepest woes are self inflicted. Indeed, Christ told the crowds that he did not come for the healthy but the sick.

The great tragedy of insisting we can create paradise by controlling more is that we reject our healer.
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We are like a sick patient who insists if everybody would leave his hospital bed he would simply recover. He does not have an interest for the disease within as he is too busy removing the doctor from his room.

It is equally silly to suppose we can control much. Each of us should act as responsible to each other – to work out good for those around us. And yet, this does not mean we can control the slightest thing in our life.

We can act wisely and plan prudently, but ultimately, we control very little in this life.

The dying know this just a bit too late.

For I suspect that many a dying man would wish he could live knowing just how little he controlled.

Yet, I understand why we are scared to admit this lack of control.  We think, “Well, if we are not in control, who is?”.

It is a brave thing to ask this question and we would do well to sit and listen for an answer.

Prayer, is often us asking the same questions over and over,
“Are you good?  Can you hear me? Will you act?”
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Listening to the answers our Savior has to these questions is to enter rest.

This is the gift of knowing Christ – to know He is good, that He hears, and that He acts. 

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