Where Can We Find Rest - Connor Schultz
“As teenagers, it is so easy to get caught up in our own path and stray away from that which God has intended for us.”
We hear the statement above time and time again, seemingly once a day. However, have we once actually taken the time to sit down and meditate over God’s will for our own lives?
In my own life, God has been speaking to me through my trials. As many of us can relate, schoolwork, a job, relationships, and extra-curriculars seem to dominate our focus and dictate our decisions more than the Creator of the universe. It's always good to know that no matter your situation, God is listening and wants you to cry out to him for his hand. The worst thing to do is to let your mind be plagued with lies like:
“I’m so stressed. Nothing can get me out of this situation.”
“I’m busy right now. I’ll pray later when I’m not so busy.”
And perhaps worst of all-
“I’ve repeated this sin time and time again. God won’t forgive me now.”
Although we as God’s children were are inevitably going to face plenty of trials, Jesus himself in Matthew 11 says that we, in the midst of earthly trials can find spiritual rest in Him.
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will give rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11: 28-30)
No matter what we face, it is always beneficial to find the time to sit down and pour it all out to God- whether it’s school, sports or relationships, a little time on your knees always helps. As a wise devotion author once said, “Stop focusing on what you can’t do. Start focusing on what God can do.”
By: Connor Schultz
Imagine International Academy of North Texas