Purposeful Faith

Learning to Find Rest

Find Rest

My 4-year old son asks me a million questions a minute. Rapid fire, it’s like a barrage of bullets that I feel I can’t dodge sometimes. But, he wants to know, he must know. He won’t quit until he DOES know.

It’s a personal pursuit for him; he is trying to figure out how he fits into this grand ole thing called – the world.

I answer.
He always believes. 
And asks more. 
And is eager. 

Willing to learn. Expecting to hear.

My son makes me think…

We love to focus on this verse: Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Mt. 11:28-29

We jump up and down when we read this one: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Mt. 11:30

But, we hardly consider the verse just a couple lines above it: “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; Mt. 11:25

Could it be that verses are related?

Might we not feel our burden is light,
because we haven’t really established God as our sight?

Perhaps, we haven’t fought after God’s ways like a child would – like my son would.

A child might beg, “What things do I need to learn? How do I do it? Tell me. Tell me. Tell me. Show me too. I want to learn! I want to do it!”

Do we want to learn? Not in a heady, heavy and show-offy sort of way, (like the wise and understanding ones that God hid truth from), but like the hungry, listening, watching and active children that are rambunctious for truth.

God easily hands out rest to those seeking children; they need it – they tire themselves out with their relentless pursuits. He lays them down in the comfort of his safe pastures, under the wings of eagles and in the safe refuge of his mighty tower.

God lets the hungry be full – with his nourishment that never stops filling.

They seek God and they find him.
They hope for an answer and they hear one.
They wait and they receive the power of his Word.

Hungry. Hopeful. Listening. Ready. Eager to know the one driving them around all the time, leading the way, staying close minute by minute to make sure they stay in good health. 

All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Mt. 11:27

The Father knows the son, the Son knows the Father.

How can we expect to know the Son, without asking to see him?

Pleading to see him,
leaning in to know him and
crying for a chance to behold him.

God picks up the whiney children wailing for more,
and carries us to make our loads lighter.

Then, we lay up against rest and lean on trust.

Gone, is the weight of striving and, present, is the hope found in abiding.

Our daddy takes good care of us, as he always does for a loved child. Our souls find the rest after listening to the answers for our million questions we were always hungry for. 

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Kelly, a fun-loving, active and spunky mom of two rambunctious toddlers, spends her days pushing swings, changing diapers and pursuing the Lord with all her heart. Called a "Cheerleader of Faith", Kelly's greatest desire is to help women live passionately, purposefully and unencumbered for the Lord.

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  • Yes! And when we are hungry for Him and desire more of His Word, God teaches us new and wonderful things through scripture. He is such a loving God! Reading His Word draws me closer to Him. When I read each day, I ask Him first to speak to me through scripture and reveal His wisdom that I might understand how to apply it to my daily life. He is so faithful! Thanks for this, Kelly. We all need to have that child-like eagerness for more of our God:)

  • Kelly,
    One of my most favorite words in the English language is “abide”. Like an eager child, the more I abide in Christ, the more He reveals to me and the more He is able to do through me. Abiding is not an act of striving, but more an act of resting in Him and waiting expectantly to see what He will do in and through us. Thanks for that reinforcement here this am.!!
    Bev xx

  • This >>>>>>>>>>> hungry, listening, watching and active children that are rambunctious for truth.>>>>>>>>>>> is what I want to be. I want to learn every day more of what God desires for me to know. Lovely post, Kelly. Your neighbor at FMFparty.

  • We can learn alot from our children if we take the time to observe and listen. My prayer is that I spend more time learning from my daughter. Thanks for sharing. 😉

  • We can learn so much from those little ones, can’t we? I love their curiosity and hunger to learn. I want to be the same when it comes to learn more of Jesus. As you said – “Pleading to see him, leaning in to know him and crying for a chance to behold him.” Thank you, Kelly, for encouraging us to lean in more with hunger in our hearts.

  • Love this!! Kids are always so willing and eager to learn like your son. Reminds me of how Jesus said “Let the children come to me…” May we be more like children and be willing to learn. Parked in the #12 slot this week.

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