Seeking Rest in a Busy Season

Seeking Rest in a Busy Season

My life has been in one of those everything-happening-at-once phases. Family events, including a graduation and an out-of-state wedding, plus a fundraiser for the local library and other obligations. Individually, each event is a good thing, something to look forward to. But when so many are squashed into a few short weeks, it gets to be a little much.

I would like to say that I have been preparing for all these events calmly, abiding in Gods perfect peace.


I have been trying to abide. Trying to let go of the anxieties caused by: dress shopping, hotel reservations, travel concerns, wedding gifts choices, pet sitters, and “What do you mean you didn’t make calls to find volunteers for the sale.”

Can anyone relate?

Some days I do pretty well with giving all my worries to God and resting in him. Breathe in, breathe out. Letting go of this plan, and that concern. One by one.

But other days there are so many I’ve-gotta-remembers running round and round my head that I can’t focus on prayer.  Writing down each gotta-remember as it pops into my head helps, but after the tenth interruption I feel tempted to give up on prayer and just get busy doing something.

The problem is, getting something done may feel good at the moment, but the stomach churn remains, underneath, waiting to rear its ugly head. So much better to drag my thoughts back to God—again—and keep praying until the tight fist in my stomach loosens.

It’s always worth the effort.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.  Matthew 11:28-30


About Lisa Betz

Lisa Betz writes from an empty nest perched on a wooded Pennsylvania hillside. When not volunteering at the school, church or library, she writes about life, both now and two-thousand years ago.

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