On more than one occasion lately, I’ve uttered the phrase, “No rest for the weary” under my breath. I have resigned myself to the busyness and the fatigue, wondering when I will rest deeply again.
The phrase originates from Isaiah 48:22, in which God says there is no peace for the wicked. Just above these verses, the Scriptures recount how God redeemed His people Israel and quenched their thirst in scorching desert, even making water flow from a rock when there was no natural source to be found.
“Look back,” He’s saying. “Remember the lengths to which I will go to provide for you.”
My lack of rest also stems from forgetting some things. Forgetting that God has it all under control, so I don’t have to worry. Forgetting that God will provide, so I don’t have to be everything to everyone. Forgetting that He sees and knows the struggles on my mind and will tend to each one in due time.
When will I rest? When I look to God to quench every need. I don’t have to wait for confusion to clear up and busy things to cease because God is the Source of my rest and always has been.
I just have to look back and remember His goodness.