“And He said, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’” (Exodus 33:14 NKJV) Inhale deeply. Drink that rejuvenating glass of ice water. Put on your cozy socks as you recline in your favorite chair and relax. Repeat after me: “God refreshes our souls.”
Stresses of life like to hit in multiple directions. It really is a battle to maintain peace in this hectic world. With lack of peace comes frustration, high blood pressure, anxiety, and lack of sleep. So, to combat the worries that bombard our souls, it is time to do the following:
“Put on your oxygen masks.”
This specific phrase we hear on airplanes during the safety instructional video is really applicable in our everyday lives. In order to be most effective in our callings, we have to put on our own oxygen masks first before assisting others.
So, how do we put on our figurative “oxygen masks”?
1.) Prioritize time with Christ first.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Saturating in His presence by reading His Word, praying, and worshiping Him refocuses our perspective on the size of God and not the concerns or stresses that may come in our direction. God is bigger, and He is our resting place.
2.) Adjust your calendar as needed.
If your schedule is overwhelming, take a second look at each week, and see if things need to be readjusted in the schedule. Don’t overload yourself—especially if it entails your losing sleep at night or having to take higher blood pressure medication.
3.) Remember to laugh.
Take time to do the things you love that bring you joy. Make time to spend with a friend. Enjoy laughter and friendship and family. And, as a precious friend has reminded me, it is important, on occasion, to “eat the sprinkles on the doughnut” (enjoy not only the big things but also the little things in life that God does each day that bring joy on the journey).
As we prioritize our time with the Lord, adjust our schedules, and remember to laugh, our “figurative” oxygen masks can enable us to be most effective in our service to the Lord. God wants us to drink freely from His supply of peace that surpasses understanding. He is an oasis that longs to pour into us so that we can pour out and refresh others. Let’s live refreshed daily, so we can encourage others to do the same. Breathe deeply, and let His presence give you rest.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)