Selah. A Pause or Reflection

“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 find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 NLT

Selah. A Pause or Reflection.

Sometimes being the strongest one in the room causes us to become the weakest ones over time. We may continue to put on a brave face and push “full steam ahead”, but internally, we’re tired. We’re hurting. We’re pouring from an empty, dry, dusty cup. 

We try to come up with methods and set timers on our watches for moments to breathe and “center” ourselves... but our cups are still being emptied on a daily basis without being refilled. 

We need a Selah moment. 

A pause in our day-to-day craziness and pull from our jobs, families, and friends, to simply say “Jesus, give me rest.” A reflection on the decisions we’ve made that got us to the point of feeling empty, helpless, and restless, while still having to give, and give, and give some more. 

We need rest. 

Not just a nap or a Netflix, pajamas, and popcorn night. Our hearts need rest. Our minds need rest. Our souls need rest. 

This Selah moment gives us a chance to reach out for help to the only one who can refill us to the point that our wells never run dry. It gives us a chance to say “I can’t carry this anymore. I need help.” 

We always talk about the first part of this passage, but it’s the second part that brings true restoration. Jesus says that He will teach us, and we will find rest. That speaks to strategies and lessons we can learn in the midst of our going to Him to help us be and stay at peace. 

I don’t know about you, but I need help. I need strategies to make it through this season of my life. The fact that Jesus Himself said that He’s willing to teach us how to find rest for our souls helps me to simply... Exhale. 

In your prayer time, your ride to or from work, take a Selah moment and ask Jesus to give you rest. Ask Him to teach you strategies for rest wherever you are. 

He will take on your heavy burdens and give you the rest you’ve been looking for. 

Selah.

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