For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.
Jeremiah 31:25 (ESV)
We used to call it nap-challenged. You know, that desperate, frantic way that young children run around just before they collapse in an exhausted heap? That’s how I feel some days. Except that when you’re no longer a toddler it requires a bit more defiance of convention, for me at least, to justify a good rest spell. We should treat ourselves better.
After all, I am the first to tell those about whom I care deeply to rest and restore the temple. The last time I had a deep tissue massage I nearly wept at the release, the obligation to be still, to pause, to rest.
It is time to prepare for Sabbath rest. And as I do, as I literally put things in order in order to be still, I consider the notion of resting well. It is one thing to not be in motion. It is another entirely to be at rest.
Matthew Henry sheds light on the words of the so-called “weeping prophet” Jeremiah, saying,
In the love and favour of God the weary soul shall find rest, and the sorrowful shall find joy.
That’s kind of enough for me. We don’t even have to earn anything. In God’s love and favor, rest is. So, having read and received the words of Jeremiah, spoken over a broken people in desperate need of restoration, I will acknowledged the nap-challenged state of my body and my soul. I surrender. I’m throwing up my hands and seeking His Face. I will embrace my Sabbath rest, and await the restoration that always comes, like the morning sun.