Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Matthew 11:28 (MSG)
When I was little, we would go spend the night at my Nana’s house. As she tucked me in, she would stroke my hair and sing me this song.
Here comes the sandman stepping so lightly,
Stealing along on the tips of his toes,
He sprinkles the sand with his own little hands,
In the eyes of the sleeping children,
Go to sleep my baby close your sleepy eyes,
The lady moon is watching from out the darkened skies,
The little stars are peeping to see if you are sleeping,
So go to sleep my baby go to sleep goodnight.
I remember her singing this to me and I remember being asleep before she finished the last line.
When Jesus invites us to come to him to get rest, he isn’t talking about stroking our hair and singing songs in our ears so we can go to sleep.
He’s talking about the rest that rejuvenates you; he is talking about the rest that sustains you. It gives you courage. Jesus’ rest inspires you and motivates you to keep moving. It gives you hope.
So, come to him. Look at him and learn to rest. Rest in the desires he places in your heart.