This week the topic for the Five Minute Friday link-up post is Rest. What is a link-up? Essentially a link-up is when you join other bloggers and write on a similar topic. You share your blog posts with one another and begin conversations via a host site. You can head over to Kate Motaung’s page to check out other entries from inspired bloggers. Here’s my five minutes of uninterrupted, unedited writing on this week’s topic:
Matthew 11:28-“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.”
If Jesus was ever frustrated it was most likely when the very people observing his miracles were so caught up in themselves to remember him. In Matthew 11, he speaks against those people in the towns where he performed his miracles because they refused to repent after having witnessed Him.”…I tell you it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.” (Matthew 11:22)
For a moment, the people thanked him, but when he moved on from them they returned to life as usual. The miracles he was performing had little to no impact on the lives of the people.
This is an issue of their heart not of the magnificence of the miracles of Jesus. (He is still LORD even when we don’t recognize it.)
It’s easy to read about places like Chorazin and Bethsaida in wonder. You saw the miracles of God, but still did not repent!?!
However, we live in a world filled with miracles, and we go about our lives often without regard for the miracle worker. We get so busy and focused on ourselves that we neglect to notice the miracle of each heartbeat, sunrise, birth, and more. Like the cities above we may acknowledge that Jesus is LORD, but we are quick to forget to search for his miracles or to give him praise for all he does.
It’s hard to always be on the go and acknowledge those miracles. That’s why rest is so important. It’s imperative to our souls to rest. Stop filling your mind with the worries of the everyday. Trust the God who performs miracles to take the yoke of your burdens and just rest. Stop trying to do everything on your own! Mark out some time to get away from your busy life and simply acknowledge the work of His hands.
The Ameri Brit Mom