As I took my groceries from the cart and loaded them in the trunk of my car, I was distracted by the crying child a few spots over. Squirming and protesting, the little boy apparently objected to walking into the supermarket. Responding to his tired legs, Mom reached down to pick him up, but cries got louder..

I thought Mom had a solution-pick the child up for comfort-but the three year old didn’t buy it. He thought the crying, protesting, and squirming served him better than his Mom’s arms of comfort.  I watched as she walked, and by the time they reached the store entrance, the boy’s head rested on his Mom’s shoulder and he was quiet.

Our time change last week left me in a brain fog. It was hard to focus and I was tired. I squirmed to make sense of how and when to complete projects. Following my to do list became a challenge. Add to that other life distractions and interruptions and I ended my day frustrated, accomplishing less than I hoped, and not with desired outcomes.

Maybe I should have applied the scene of the little boy and his Mom to my life. Instead of thinking like the three-year-old, I should have remembered his Mom. I should have taken my position in my Father’s arms rather than resist my attempts at solutions to work harder.

Like the Mom who held her boy tightly for relief my Father desires to hold me close and settle into His loving arms. The Message paraphrases the familiar passage in Matthew 11:28-30 to give us benefits of drawing close:

“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.”

  • If I were quiet instead of rehearsing my internal rant of frustration, I would have heard words of comfort and affirmation.

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3 NLT)

  • If I had remembered my position in Christ I would have drawn on His strength, direction, and words, rather than try on my own. Days later, I read the quote at the bottom of my journal (Jesus Always), “As you settle into your rightful position, My redeemed one, your restlessness yields to calmness. This is how I lift you up when you stumble.:( Sarah Young)

“Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.”  (1 Chronicles 16:11 NLT)

Lessons from little boys and time changes offer opportunities to respond to the ultimate solution of accepting God’s invitation to rest, listen, and live in His strength.

What about you? Have you squirmed and results were less than ideal? What parts of God’s invitation have you found restful, encouraging, affirming?

 

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