When Moses becomes weary, leading his people through their trials in the desert, God tells him, My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Jesus tells his disciples, Come to me all who toil and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
For Moses as for Jesus, rest is a precious ointment, a balm for the heavy heart. Jesus, for whom anything was possible, did not offer 'seven secret coping strategies' to get work done faster, or 'nine spiritual stress management techniques' to enhance our effectiveness. Instead, he offered the simple practice of rest as a natural, nourishing, and essential companion to our work. Learn from me, he invited, and you will find rest for your souls.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly. ~Mathew 11:28-30 (The Message)