Text: Luke 10:38-42, Isaiah 55:1-3, Habakkuk 3:17-19, Matthew 11:28-30, Psalm 23:1-3
Some days I am undone by the noise of this life.
There is the constant chatter, the onslaught of internal and external voices telling us which way to turn. The squeaky wheels that never seem to get enough grease. The to-do list that looms like a giant overhead, frowning down on our best efforts. Perhaps loudest of all, there is the rattling of all life’s pieces not yet in place. We are waiting and we are rushing, all at once.
What do we do in the midst of the noise? Maybe we run faster. Maybe like Martha we buzz around from task to task, stopping for nothing and no one, not even Christ himself.
I can hear Jesus say those gentle words to me. I can hear my name in place of hers: Amanda, Amanda, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.
I hear the call, too, in the Old Testament book of Isaiah: Why do you stress yourself out like this? I have what you need and it’s free! Drink and be truly filled; eat and be deeply satisfied. Your money and toil are no good here.
This is my gift to you.
I long to speak out God’s goodness like Habakkuk the prophet: Though Murphy’s Law surrounds me, yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
I want to dismantle this stress mountain brick by brick, take it apart and hold each piece up to the light. I want to remember there is good here, gifts to be given and grace to be received. I want to give thanks for the promise that He brings peace to chaos, that redemption awaits, that rest is for those who lie down at His feet like sheep.
Do you long for rest today, Sister? Do you long to quiet the noise so you can hear Him call your name?
Let us pray together and give thanks.
Lord, make us lie down in green pastures,
Lord, lead us beside still waters,
Lord, restore our souls.
For we choose rush over rest,
we choose busy over best.
We bow down to expectations and worship our lists.
Forgive us, Lord.
You are steadfast. Thank you.
You give us rest. Thank you.
You slow our step and calm our hearts and allow us to sit at your feet.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
We will praise you in the noise,
we will praise you in the stress;
for you remain unchanged,
and we are found in you.
For an added layer of worship and study, we chose a beloved hymn for each day of our Give Thanks plan. Today, we invite you to listen to “His Eye is on the Sparrow” as we dwell on the truth of God’s word together.