One morning at YoungLives Camp, I made my way over to the Orchard Inn. It was where I led a small team of nannies who would help care for eleven adorable and very busy toddlers. I wanted to make sure our group was fully prepared so instead of walking, I began to run. Something in my spirit told me there was no need to run. I sat on a nearby bench to pray.
Lord, give me the strength to make it through today.
I was already feeling physically drained. Partly because of the task at hand, but mostly because of my struggle to sleep at night. Long after lights out, my brain just wouldn’t shut down.
How do I find rest when I was genuinely tired?
That afternoon, I opened my bible to look for a verse and found it in Matthew. It said, “Come to me all 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.”
Lord, help me understand what that last verse means. I am so weary + tired.
As I continued to read, I came across a story about people who brought their children to Jesus. The disciples wanted him to turn them away, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me.”
I thought about how I had been working tirelessly as a nursery leader and instead of trying to do all the things, I would try to do just that. Let the children come to me.
Rather than running around, I sat down and God gave me a glimpse of what it was like to find rest in the midst of serving. Don’t get me wrong. I was still tired. And I still had things to do, like change diapers, fill waters and fetch snacks. But taking the time to be with the children changed everything. They didn’t run away which means we didn’t have to chase them.
They just wanted attention, to be interacted with, to be played with and to be loved.
Now that I’m home from camp, I’ve finally been able to get some actual rest and for that, I am thankful.