For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” (Heb. 4:4)

We are in the process of getting our house on the market to sell. We are purging, cleaning, repairing, restoring, and packing. You name it; we are doing it. There is not much “downtime” at our home these days after my husband and I both return from work. The truth is—if I’m not working on a preparatory task related to selling our house, I feel like I’m wasting my time.

In most seasons of life, whether a busy or relaxing one, I struggle to sit and do nothing. I often feel the need to be accomplishing a task. Suffice to say, I do not rest well. My mind can be compared to a hamster wheel that just keeps spinning, and it can be so exhausting. I think God gave us Matthew 11:28 (“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”) for people like me to remind us of two things: Our worth is not found in how much we can accomplish, and Jesus does not require us to do anything to be with him. His grace welcomes us into his presence—nothing we do can make him love us any more or any less.

May we all experience the peace of knowing Jesus loves and accepts us, no matter what tasks we do or don’t do throughout our days.

Practice God’s presence by sitting quietly and remembering his goodness.

Tricia Rife lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Adam, and son, Andrew. She loves taking regular trips to Walt Disney World.

© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.
Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.