Have you ever went on a vacation to simply get away and relax, but came home more exhausted than when you left?
We acknowledge that a healthy heart rhythm is critical for maintaining good health. A steady heartbeat is kind of necessary, right? What we are slower to admit is that our souls require rhythm too. “All of us are aware that a healthy heart and regular daily and yearly rhythms are essential for health,” wrote Dr. Christine Sine. “We also know that if our heartbeat is irregular then we need to see a physician for a checkup. Most of us, however, are unaware of the spiritual rhythms that are just as crucial to our health and well-being. Since our lives are increasingly disconnected from the rhythms of God’s world, we do not hear the underlying whisper of God’s heartbeat that is meant to sustain us, and we are unaware of the symptoms that should alert us to our growing ill health”.
So when God says to us, “Come to me, and I will give you rest,” we don’t respond.
God tries again: “Lay your burdens down, children. Walk with me, and your walk will be burden-free.” Again, we don’t respond.
God says, “I want you to be fascinated not with trinkets, but with me.” Still no response.
Ever patient and ever persistent, God goes for it a fourth time: “Slow down. Look up. Linger here with me.”
We think we hear something. Wait. Was that the voice of God? We glance skyward and say, “Huh? God? Was that you? What’s ‘linger’?”
But before he has a chance to reply, we hear subtle dings from our phones–alerting us to new text messages. Then we can’t help but move our thumbs across our phones. Score one for the Enemy of our souls.
“”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
Check it out here: Addicted to Busy: Recovery for the Rushed Soul