The moment I woke up I noticed the pain but, it wasn’t until my right foot hit the floor that I felt the severity of it.

If I were being honest with myself, I would have noticed the subtle pain earlier, before it got worse. But, because I didn’t have time to be in pain, it went ignored for weeks. Now that the problem could not be pushed aside, I knew I had to go get it checked out. I got a ride to the doctor (since I couldn’t drive myself) and as I was sitting in the waiting room I couldn’t even pinpoint when the pain started because I had grown so used to it.

I was called back and the doctor knew almost immediately what the problem was but ordered x-rays  just in case. I was diagnosed with heel spurs in both of my feet. Not horrible, but painful. Curable, but not an easy fix. Mostly annoying…really annoying. The doctor walked me through the cause then asked me to tell him what I did. At the end of my explanation, all he said was, “You do too much! You do too much! Now. take time to rest.” He gave me meds, told me what to do, and sent me on my way.

Today, my feet still hurt, though not as bad and I know healing is coming. But, what really keeps coming back to me is what the doctor said… “You do too much! You do too much! Now, take time to rest.” I know that I do too much. I actually like to keep busy and do a lot of things. I feel like I never really learn my lesson because even when I am stressed or burnt out, I always go right back to doing too much. I don’t know exactly why I do this… maybe it is because when I’m not busy I can easily get lazy. Or maybe it is because I like being involved in everything and feeling needed. Or maybe it’s because it is never easy for me to truly be still. Or maybe, the biggest maybe, is that I am so busy doing that i don’t even realize that I am doing it. I am so used to walking on hurt feet that I don’t feel the pain.

Maybe you relate to this too. In this world of deadlines, to do lists, activity after activity, this and that, and all the other “stuff” we are programmed to do, do, do. Now this is not a bad thing. It is actually normal. However, the damage comes when you don’t take time to rest. Rest is so important to God. The Creator of the World showed us rest on day 7. He commanded the Israelites to have a Sabbath. Jesus, in His time on earth, needed to rest. In Luke 10 we can read about Jesus stopping to rest in Martha’s home.

As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

I so love the example of rest and busyness portrayed here. We have Mary who loves Jesus and makes time to sit and rest at His feet. We also have Martha who loves Jesus just as much as Mary doe…s but she is too busy doing that she overlooks the opportunity to rest in Him. She doesn’t even know what she is missing because she is going, going, going, and ignoring the pain. The beautiful thing is Jesus gently reminds her that the details don’t matter; what matters is just being with Him. Can’t you just imagine Him saying: “You do too much! You do too much! Now, take time to rest.”

Jesus is reminding you too. Listen to His voice calling you to put everything down and be with Him. Don’t be like me. Don’t ignore the pain before it gets out of control. Don’t be like Martha. Don’t pass up time with Jesus because of all the things you have to do. In all of your doing, your spirit is weary and fatigued. Take this moment, even now, to lay it all down and rest in Jesus. Those details can matter later. Those tasks can be checked off after. Right now, take time to just be with your King. Read His love letter to you. Worship Him in song. Call out His name. Thank Him for who He is. Breathe in His peace. Lift up your hands to heaven and surrender to Him. Make this a habit daily. There is absolutely nothing like true rest in His sweet presence.

Psalm 62:1-2 “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

 

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Bethann Platt

Bethann is a California girl bringing sunshine to her new home in Maryland. She has a heart for people and a passion for the local church. Beth Ann grew up in a Christian home and accepted Jesus at a young age. She has had various growing pains in her relationship with Christ but is so thankful to be where she is with Him today. Beth Ann is addicted to coffee in almost any form and loves nothing more than tucking herself away for devo time in a cozy coffee shop. She is almost always singing or humming something. She really likes all things DIY, except for cooking. She is often caught doodling on any paper placed in front of her. She even has an Etsy Store that you should check out! Read more about Bethann in the "Our Team" page.

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