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September 8, 2010

Trusting God the Way We Should

A deadline looms. A project hangs over my head, unfinished. The to-do list stretches by the minute. The laundry pile grows, and the dishes overflow the sink. And I just can't focus enough to finish anything.

I bet you know the feeling.

The guilt of what’s left undone starts to get the best of me. I begin to beat myself up over my lack of focus and discipline. I give myself all the appropriate pep talks, and yet I stare into space and feel even more miserable for my lack of productivity.

Sometimes it is a focus issue, but every once in awhile I realize what I really need is rest. I have exhausted myself, and I have nothing left. I'm running on empty and no amount of self-discipline is going to get it done.

I have tried to do too much in my own power. I have convinced myself I can conquer the world, and I’ve set out to do that entirely on my own and in my own strength.

These are the moments that I usually hear God’s voice reminding me: "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).

Over and over again I find myself in these moments where I realize that my stress is a result of my inability to rest and my inability to trust that God is God and to rest in the fact that he is capable. When I take the burden upon myself, the yoke is unbearable and the burden is overwhelming.

Resting is a way for me to actively trust God. Do I trust that he’s bigger? That he’s capable? That he sees everything (and more) that I see? Do I trust the he is ultimately in control?

If you asked me those questions I would very quickly tell you, “Yes, of course I believe God is in control.” But every time I find myself in one of these moments of utter exhaustion and frantic unrest I know that I still don’t completely trust God the way that I should, the way that I want to, the way that I need to.

But I pray that every restless moment of this realization brings me closer to trusting in the beauty of his rest.

Can you relate to those frantic moments of restlessness? I encourage you to take time to understand and experience the beauty of God’s rest.


Great post! A life of self-effort always feels frantic; a life of abiding feels at peace. I'm learning the difference and what it takes to abide in the Lord. I needed this reminder today! Sometimes, too, just a simple act of reflecting on the day to remind ourselves of our callings and purpose helps the frantic feeling go away.

@LivewithFlair - I completely agree. Thanks for sharing!

Thank you! This is just what I needed this morning. God knows exactly what we need! GOD BLESS YOU!!!

Great post Jenni! I think I've been running on empty lately.Thanks for the reminder of what I need to do to get back on the right track.

Recently, I crashed and burned and stepped away. I found the position uncomfortable; however, the work still went on. Thank you for sharing. It has helped me to focus better.

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