This pickup man takes a break after the rodeo. He’s still wearing his armor – the heavy thick chaps, knee pads, shin guards, spurs, rope, hat. Each item has a critical purpose and is designed to help him do his job—getting cowboys out of a storm or bucking stock out of the arena.
But he’s stepped off his horse and stands outside the fence now. He’ll rest. Take a break, gather himself for the next performance tomorrow. Rest is just as important as the tools he uses. Without it, he won’t be fit to help the next rider who needs him.
We’re built for rest. God incorporated a Sabbath into our weekly schedule. Jesus often retreated to an out-of-the-way spot, free of the crowds and noise and demands. In His teachings He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
If the one who rescues us knew the value of repose, shouldn’t we follow His example?
What do you need a break from today?
“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.”