by Erica Foster
It’s no surprise to people closest to me that I can be an anxious person. I’ve struggled with anxiety most of my life, and you could say I’m on a constant quest for peace and rest.
I can take a bubble bath until I look like a raisin and sit and watch the ocean waves crash all the live long day and still lack peace and rest, though I love both of those things and go to them often to catch my breath when life gets chaotic.
If I am out of step with God, and not where He wants me, doing what He has created and called me to do, peace is far out of my reach and restlessness is my reward.
I know this because one time I did a hard thing. I did an unwise thing in the eyes of a lot of people I’m sure. I sat in a house I loved in a pile of moving boxes with a potty training two year old and a two week old baby, left my dream job, an amazing church family, a future I could have been completely happy with…to move to my hometown and start a church with my husband and a few friends.
No salary, no security…but all the peace in the world knowing I was walking the steps He prepared for me.
In my experience, choosing peace and rest is not usually the popular or obvious choice. It requires a different way of life fully surrendered to Jesus. I love the words of Jesus in Matthew 11 “serving me is easy, and my load is light.”
That’s not to say there won’t be hard times along the way. Not AT ALL. But there is an unexplainable peace that comes with knowing you are walking one step behind your Savior, fully focused on Him, and trusting that He has got you every step of the way.
Why would I want to walk any other road?
If you are seeking peace and rest this Christmas season, no matter your circumstance it is available to you because God takes full responsibility for a life fully surrendered to Him.
Embrace peace. Find rest. Follow Jesus.
Matthew 11:25-30 NIV
25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”