Rest For Your Souls

Matthew 11: 28-29, Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, 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 SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.”

While hiking the Pearson’s Falls trail, the tranquility of this spot beckoned me to rest after a long climb back down from the waterfall. While I was able to find rest for my weary physical body in this wonderful little spot, I realized that the presence of the Holy Spirit was truly the source of refreshment for my soul.

The word “rest” in Matthew 11 literally means “to cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labor in order to recover and collect his strength”– the brief respite on the bench definitely helped me in this manner. However, “rest” also literally means, “to keep quiet; of calm and patient expectation.” Christ offers rest for our souls— our mind, will, and emotions. Through the presence of the Holy Spirit, my body and soul rested…I left with a quiet calmness and an expectation of God’s goodness towards me.