My wife can tell you – I’ve never had trouble going to or staying asleep. I’ve fallen asleep in multiple places where any polite person shouldn’t. Dinner parties, movies, birthdays, in the middle of games – you name it, I’ve probably slept there.
But last week… well, last week was different. My sleep schedule was interrupted; I had a lot of late nights and early mornings. And by the end of the week I felt more than tired. And it was the kind of tiredness that went beyond the physical for me; it was a spiritual kind of fatigue.
I was tired in my soul.
You ever felt that way? I bet you have. When you know that you need a deeper kind of rest than what comes when you close your eyes. A deeper kind of rest than what’s offered to you in an 8 hour segment. A deeper kind of rest that seeps down into the marrow of your bones. If you have, then maybe you know the sweetness of the words of Jesus when He says:
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30).
Yes. There it is. Drink it in. the rest that comes from Jesus. The rest that comes because Someone has done the work on your behalf. The rest that’s freedom from self-justification and performance anxiety.
The rest of the soul.
Put your soul on the pillow, Christian. Sleep soundly because of the One who has worked in our stead.