By Betty Predmore
I stumbled down the stairs this morning, barely able to see out of my watery eyes, and coughing with each step I took. The last thing I wanted to do was get out of bed, but the kids needed to get ready for school….and that is just what a mama does. I roused them out of their slumber and headed for the couch, where my new fuzzy blanket awaited me. I curled up in that blanket and proceeded to cough my way through the next hour. My kids aren’t used to mama being out of commission. They have hovered over me, checking on me, asking how I was feeling. My teenager even wrapped her arms around me last night and told me she loved me. (Yes, I actually have to get sick for that to happen!). I guess kids think of their parents as strong and invincible, not sick and in need of rest. But we DO need rest. We DO need times of refreshing, times to just sit and be still in the presence of our Savior and feel the Holy Spirit wash over us. And that is OKAY.
When we think that we are invincible, that we can fight through our sick days and our weary hours, we need to remember that even our Almighty God rested. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And in the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.” Genesis 2:1-2. God had done the work he set out to do, and so he allowed himself to rest. Do you allow yourself to rest? Or do you keep pushing through, trying to prove to yourself, and maybe others, that you are invincible?
As Jesus was walking this earth, preaching and teaching, he also sought out times of rest. “But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.” Luke 5:16. Jesus sought out those empty places to go and rest, to be still before his Father and have his soul restored. Are you making time to be still before your Father in Heaven and have your soul restored?
Being a mama is a lot of work. It takes a rested, healthy heart and soul. If that means you curl up with your soft fuzzy blanket and let the day pass by while you regain some energy, then do so. If that means you find a quiet place and sit in peaceful stillness before Him, then do so. God is waiting to soothe our aches and comfort our hearts. He is waiting for us to come to Him and pour out what is troubling us, either physically or spiritually. He wants to heal sick hearts and He wants to heal sick bodies. If you are physically ill or spiritually unwell, I encourage you to seek the Great Healer today. You may not be able to reach out and touch his cloak, but you can come before him in confidence. He will hear you and heal you. He will give you the eneegy you need to be the mama He calls you to be.