Have you ever needed somewhere to rest your head for a moment?
Pillows piled high in a nice plush bed sounds great . . . Even the thick carpet of grass under the canopy of a tree could do the trick. But to find rest on a rock? I don’t see how much comfort I could gain from that.
Back when I was younger, I used to participate in sports. I loved the feeling of the wind propelling me to run faster and be uninhibited and free. These days, I find myself doing a different kind of running: Running away from situations I’ve gotten myself into. As an adult, it seems far easier to create as much distance as possible from the problem, as opposed to tackling it head on. Much like Jacob, I find myself on the run like a fugitive, trying to escape the wrath of those whom I’ve hurt or betrayed, and praying for a place to rest and recover.
It is possible to find comfort in the middle of a crisis.
In the story of Esau and Jacob, Jacob finds himself running for dear life, trying to escape the wrath of his brother. He had lived up to his name “trickster” and had deceived his brother twice, by stealing his blessing and his birthright. Having paced himself and gained enough distance between himself and Esau, he rested on a rock. Who does that?! I cannot comprehend how I could be at rest with the knowledge that I’m about to be ‘dead meat,’ once found, to a skilled hunter. A hunter who has all right to shoot first and ask questions later.
It seems Jacob’s perspective shifted from the problem to the problem solver. In that moment, he was able to find comfort, not in the actual, physical rock that he lay on, but the Rock in who’s arms provided rest.
When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.
Jacob rested. It’s amazing that he could rest in spite of his circumstances.
In another instance in Scripture, the Rock, Himself was at rest. I suppose this is the disposition He requires of us . . . To be at peace, even when nothing makes sense and the pieces of the puzzle don’t fit.
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.
Life’s storm surges and swirls around us almost every day. We have the option of panicking like the disciples or trusting in the Rock that wants you to be as unbothered as He is, and just rest.
Are you tired of running away from the difficulties and challenges you face daily? Grab ahold of the Rock and find sweet rest for your soul.
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