Pastor Anne’s Reflection
Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you;
I have set the Lord always before me;
because God is at my right hand,
I shall not be shaken.
My heart, therefore, is glad,and my spirit rejoices;
my body also shall rest in hope.
– Psalm 16:1, 8-9
You know how a child runs to their parent when they get hurt? You know how an infant sleeps peacefully on their parent’s chest with complete and total trust? Babies rest fully, because they don’t know anything about pandemics or economic turmoil. They aren’t worried about illness or death or sin. They are able to let down their guard and really, really rest. It’s the trusting relationship that allows such peace.
I think that’s the invitation God gives us, too. When we are hurt or afraid, when we are weary and exhausted, when we are anxious, Jesus invites us to lay our burdens on him. So many things are out of our control these days, but we know that our worry or anger or hard work can’t fix any of it. The good news is that God’s love for us has never been dependent on our state of mind or how productive we are. God’s love is unconditional and ever-available to us.
So while it might feel counter-intuitive, we can rest. We can place our lives in God’s hands, curl up close to God’s heart, and rest. Ultimately, we will be held in love no matter how the earth shakes around us. I invite you today to breathe deeply and let go of that need to control or over-function or worry. Physically release the tension in your shoulders, your fists, your face. Breathe in God’s love; breathe out worry. Trust that God has all of this in God’s hands, and let your body rest in hope. Rest.