Do you ever have those moments where you are so overwhelmed with the insanity of your mental to-do list, that you can’t settle your thoughts long enough to zero in on even one task you should complete? Your mind is bogged down with so many things, but you can’t find peace long enough to complete them. It’s a difficult cycle to get out of. This has been my life for the last little bit. School started back, work picked up, and don’t even get me started on the seriousness of this writers block I have been experiencing. I clear out my schedule, in hopes to complete everything on my mind, only to let the overwhelm take control and keep me from achieving productivity. So, what’s the fix?
In an attempt to give my mind some much needed rest, I decided to sit down and dig deep into Gods Word. He revealed so many amazing things that I needed to hear—one being His invitation to “rest.” I am used to hearing the phrasing “Rest in His love,” or “Give it to God and go to sleep,” and I even quoted Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weak and weary, and I will give you rest,” in one of my previous posts. But what exactly does He mean by this? Surely the God of the universe isn’t telling us to come to Him and take a nap?? Or is He? I am the type that only feels productive when I am constantly doing and achieving my goals or checking things off of my to-do lists. I do Bible studies and immediately think of an “action plan” to implement my learnings into my life. But I ignore the signs that my battery is going dead. I want to pour out everything I have into people and production, but I hardly ever take the time to reset and allow God to pour back into me. I forget sometimes that you can’t pour out what isn’t in your cup. I recently hit a wall that brought me to the understanding that my cup has been empty for a while. My battery has been long dead and drained. This is why no matter how much effort I put into being productive, nothing was ever completed. This is why I have been staring at a blank computer screen for two months, trying to find the words to write and share on this blog. I simply had nothing left to give, I was empty. In this emptiness, I saw why God specifically set aside an entire day for rest during the creation. It wasn’t because God was tired—He’s God, for Pete’s sake, He doesn’t get tired. No, it was because He wanted to show us the significance in resting. He commands that we honor the Sabbath Day and keep it Holy. We are called to rest in Him. To allow Him to pour into us, so that we are capable to pour into others. God has to remind us sometimes that we are humans. We can’t run without breaks or work without rest. So if you are experiencing the overwhelm, take some time to rest in the beautiful refuge that is our God, allowing Him to heal you and fill the emptiness of your cup.