Posted by: Terry | November 2, 2009

Nail your shoes to the kitchen floor

Jesus promised peace and rest. He came to a weary world and continues to reach out to those of us burdened and weary. Yet we seem to fall short of the comfort he offered.

The Hebrews were freed from the slavery of Egypt, yet due to a lack of faith they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, 40 years that they could have been living in the land that was promised them.

Their problem, as ours often is, was not that they did not believe God, it was that they placed their trust and faith in so many things other than God.

Jesus said “Come to me… and I will give you rest.” But he goes on to say “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me… and I will give you rest for your souls.” We may come to Jesus and get rest from so many things, but the real rest for our soul is found only when we completely connect to Him and only to Him.

Jesus also said “Abide in me.” Abide – live, dwell, remain, set up residence. I stay in hotels when I travel, they provide shelter and rest. But a hotel room is not home. Rest for the soul will only come when we unpack the suitcase, put it away and as the old song says “nail your shoes to the kitchen floor, lace ‘em up and bar the door.” 

Until it is settled that “For me to live is Christ” the peace we seek will continue to be elusive, fears will continue to plague. He said his yoke is easy, it is life on my own that is hard. Just to day let me abide in him.

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