Hi Hope Ames!
I think I say this in every season but right now, it feels like this is the busiest time of year.
Maybe your kids are back into the full swing of school, and you're spending more time as a chauffeur than most Uber drivers. Maybe you're wishing you could watch your favorite teams on the weekend, but you've got a dozen D.I.Y. home projects that you want to finish before winter. Or, maybe your school year has finally shifted from "easing back in" to "three tests and two papers every week."
Whatever your busy looks like, I hope you take the time to "make room." Are you and your family still making room for dinner together? Are you still making room for sleep at night? Are you still making room healthy living habits?
I know, I know; this is
so much easier said than done, but we were designed to live this way...
God commands us to rest (Genesis 2, Exodus 20, Hebrews 4, 10, etc.).
It's not that he's specifically talking about getting some shut-eye, although it's important. I believe God calls us to make room for deep soul rest - those moments when we can stop acting and start living.
Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30,
"Come to me all, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."
That sounds nice, doesn't it? It's available to you...
I think we're often so tired because we're endlessly working for things that don't offer us rest. Instead, these are the things that continually exhaust us: keeping good grades, getting another promotion, staying on top of bills, being in shape. Those are all fine things, but they won't give you rest because even if you achieve them, you'll work to maintain them.
That's what makes God so unique. He doesn't start by saying, "Push yourself to the extreme," but,
"Come to me...and I will give you rest."
In faith, it starts with Jesus, it's sustained by Jesus and it will finish with Jesus. It's not on you, because
it's all about him. That's such good, transformational news because it means that the pressure is off of you.
So, you might be
really busy this weekend. You may have scheduled something for Sunday morning, but I ask you to accept Jesus' invitation to rest. Make room for him.
Is this a shameless plug for you to help with church attendance? No, this is the shameless plug that every single one of our souls is already desperately plugging for.
So, that in mind, see you on Sunday morning at 10:00 in the Ames City Hall! Don't forget that this week, we will be worshiping in the gym, which is across the hall from the auditorium where we usually hold our service. Speaking of making room, we're doing this to make room for Navigators, a national college ministry, to host their Main Event in the auditorium over the weekend. So, if you see them, say "hi" and let them know we're glad they're here!
Let's rest, Church!
P.S. Pam Avaux, Hope's amazing chaplain, will be visiting our Ames campus (at The Link) on Tuesday Oct. 16 from 6:30-8:00 pm to help train our Care Team. Even if you're not interested in serving on that team, Pam will provide skills for anyone interested in providing emotional help for a friend or family member. I highly encourage you to attend!