I went out for a walk today. The wind whipped through my hair and whistled in my ears. It seemed strong enough to knock me over. Even street signs were tilting under its force. Trees were slanted as gusts of wind pushed against them. Yet no matter how hard I tried or which way I turn, I couldn’t see the wind. But I can see its effects. I can see the trees blowing and the signs tilting. I can hear the wind. As it whips between the buildings, as it makes my blinds (inside!) shudder, as it echoes in my ears. I can feel the wind. As it pushes cold air against my cheeks, as it causes me to lean in, so I don’t fall over. But I can’t see the wind.
While it may not be a perfect analogy, doesn’t this sometimes feel true of God? We can’t see Him. But we can see His handiwork. In the love of a child, in the smile of a stranger, in the hug from a friend or loved one. In the kindness of other humans. In the everyday miracles all around us. We can hear His voice. Through Scripture and worship music and the wisdom of other people. We can feel Him. In the peace that transcends all understanding. In the joy that permeates through any season. In love that drives out all our fears.
Friends, in this season, in every season, He has not abandoned us. God is right here with us. In the unknown. In the stress. In the midst of your crazy home. I know you might be tired. Afraid. Lonely. Overwhelmed. Angry. Overloaded with emotions. You long for rest that no amount of sleep can bring. Oh friend, there is still rest for you.
Jesus invites you with His words, “come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Those words are from Matthew 11: 28-30. What an amazing gift He offers if we will just come to Him.
So this week, I’m inviting you to join me in a 5 day reading plan in the YouVersion Bible app – as the plan summary says, “to begin to recover your soul, disentangle from the tragedies of this broken world, and discover the restorative power of beauty.” Let’s remember His goodness together. Let’s see what we can learn about God this week. Together.
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